Pastor Perry Noble recently posted an article on buying a lottery ticket. Well, not A lottery ticket; he bought ten. Then, he spends his time in the piece defending his purchase of the lottery tickets because, hey, sombody’s got to win. He may be technically right; somebody will win the jackpot, but millions and millions of people lose with every ping pong ball pulled. You can read his piece here. This defense of the lottery is uniformed and completely ignorant of who the lottery attacks and damages. Also, his metaphors and illustration are appalling.
Pastor Noble does ask that we spare him the gambling lectures, so I will. First, he says is “Is gambling bad. Yep, but sex can be well!! Do we get rid of that too?” The answer to that Pastor Noble is yes! The bible gives clear guidlines and has a design for the celebration and enjoyment of sex. Sex done in God’s design is wonderful. Read Song of Songs. Sex done outside of God’s design is damaging, and yes, people would be blessed by getting rid of sex outside of God’s design. I am off point, but I am always bothered by manipulative metaphors which is all that is.
Next, he states that the impoverished people that get into financial trouble with the lottery have a deeper issue, and if they did not blow their money on the lottery, they would blow their money on something else. My answer is yes, like bread, milk, and diapers. People are not going to buy comic books and board games when their kids are starving. They buy escape through drugs, alcohol, and lottery tickets. I have never had a person in my office at church asking for financial aid because they blew their pay check on baseball cards. I have with alcohol, drugs, gambling including lottery tickets.