I heard this funny years ago.
A man prayed every Saturday night to God that he would win the lottery. Week after week he lost and never won a dime. One Saturday night as he was praying to God to win a voice came out of heaven and said, "Buy a ticket!"
If you don't buy a ticket then you don't win. Or do you?
Millions upon millions bought Powerball Lottery tickets for the chance of winning over $587.5 million. Now that is a lot of dough. Over $1 BILLION was spent to buy tickets.
But I wonder:
How many spent money they really did have to buy tickets?
How many children had needs unmet because of money wasted on lottery tickets?
How many people were encouraged by this huge lottery to trust more in the lottery than God?
How does the lottery impacts the moral fiber of our Nation in more flesh feelings than Spirit feelings?
They say that there is only 1 in 175,000,000 chance of winning the lottery anyhow. So why put your eggs in that basket? Some may argue that they only spent a dollar or so. That's not much they think. What can that hurt?
A friend recently commented this about the lottery: "The lottery is a voluntary tax on ignorance. You can't pay it without qualifying first."
Well, here is my two cents worth. I don't think that buying a lottery ticket will send anyone to hell, but I just don't like the idea of taking advantage of others to maybe get a little or lot out of it.
If you bought a ticket, I have no beef with you, but I think there is a higher way to live. Trusting or playing the lottery isn't one of them.