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Games of chance put families at risk

Pastor Mark


We had just come over the last hill to Las Vegas when my son, amazed by the buildings that filled the valley before him cried out, “Wow, Dad, look at all of that!”

I responded, “Remember, those buildings weren’t built with the money that was won here.”

Gambling has never made sense to me. Why are humans attracted to an activity that is specifically designed to make one lose? We know the odds of winning are stacked against us, yet people still participate, believing they will be the exception with an industry designed to prevent exceptions.

Now there are those who have beaten the odds, winning money through gambling, but far less than we are led to believe by an industry whose advertising implies an easy win.

In reality, losing is the name of the game for those who play. In fact, the loss is not restricted to the gaming place itself; it influences every community that permits it.

Money lost at gambling comes from everyday paychecks meant to pay for utilities, groceries, rent and other day-to-day costs of existence. When it is handed over to the gambling establishments, it no longer goes toward the family’s needs. Churches, food banks and other social agencies are turned to as a supplement for what is lost.

Addiction to games of chance is a high possibility.

Will Rogers, the satirist, gave the best advice on how to double your money. Fold it in half and put it back in your pocket.

Pastor Mark Holmes is an ordained minister in the Wesleyan Church and has served the Darrow Road Wesleyan Church since 1997.