Asserting that the the prevalence of gambling has increased here, a religious leader has stated that the matter is a cause of great concern.
“It indicates that people are not trusting in the goodness of God who has promised to supply our every need,” Superintendent Minister of the Methodist Church, Seth Ampadu said in a statement.
In the statement, he cited biblical passages that warned of the consequences of the love of money, greed, covetousness and exhorted persons to provide for their family.
The religious leader observed that the basic dictionary definition of gambling is “to play a game for money or property; to bet on an uncertain outcome.”
“Gambling, then, is recognized as any activity in which wealth or valuables change hands, mainly on the basis of chance and with risk to the gambler,” Ampadu declared.
“As followers of Jesus Christ, as proud citizens of this beautiful land, as people who yearn for peace, justice and uprightness, we must all resolve to combat all activities that will lure us away from godly living,” the religious leader asserted.
“Gambling is a destroyer. It may seem to be only taking a little chance here or there. But that’s the big danger; because it will destroy the moral fiber of our society. We sympathize with those who lost their monies recently through gambling. Let that be as lesson for all of us. You always have more losers than winners. Gambling is evil and we need to run away from it.”
Ampadu expressed the view that for too many people, gambling is a short cut to making money.
He contended that most times such short cuts lead to disaster.
“In my candid opinion, there is no honest labour involved in gambling. God expects each person to work and earn a living. In the Garden of Eden, God instructed Adam to till the land to make a living. And that’s an honest living,” the Superintendent Methodist Minister noted.
“Do not be tricked by the hype about how gambling brings jobs to an area and boosts the national economy. That’s just one side of the story. The other side of the story is that many lives end up in misery. There are many many more losers than winners and the only real winners are the operators who know that the odds are stacked against the gamblers who put their trust in luck,” he said.
He said that any form of gambling is evil, taking advantage of the gullible and exploiting people.
It is always a sin to exploit others. Gambling is attempting to achieve gain without labor. The bottom line is that gambling is wrong, Ampadu explained.
“It weakens the ethics of work, industry, thrift, and service, the foundations of national prosperity by holding out the seductive lure of something for nothing.”
“By the same token, gambling encourages idleness, with all of its resulting bad effects for society. It promotes greed and covetousness and inevitably involves and encourages the base practice of over-reaching and taking from one’s neighbour,” the religious leader stated.
As far as Ampadu was concerned, money spent on lottery tickets could be used to maintain family.