Guest post: Why you shouldn’t bet.Wachira John
So, we met in campus and at some point this guy was my boss in the Christian Union IT department. Liberal mind, very well organized, passionate about his stuff, also a very good dancer. Folks, that man, Raymond gives us some reasons why he thinks we should not bet.
A guest post by Raymond Warui. Enjoy.
I have loved football since I was a small boy. In high school, I was so into it that my biggest dream was to play for Arsenal and the Kenyan national team Harambee stars. After salvation in campus, I realized football was a good and powerful evangelism tool (Sports evangelism). So I joined the Christian union football team (Manifest Fc as we called it). I must say it was a great experience and I really enjoyed it.
I still do enjoy debating about football. We usually are so passionate defending our teams and players. (football fans would be very helpful in apologetics if they had proper knowledge and information).When I was almost in my final year of campus, something changed, the passionate debates and weekend analysis stopped and they turned to stories about betting; talks changed to discussions about how I won, how I lost, what a bad mistake it was to bet on this club or the other. Even the “anti-sports” folk who did not enjoy were now getting interested; you could hear them slowly join in the debates.
I felt locked out because to me that was and still is a no go zone. I didn’t even have to see it in the Bible to know it was a no go zone for me. As a Christian, something about it was wrong (still is). After some good time of research and my Christian walk, I am more than convinced that this is a no go zone.
This is why I won’t bet:
- Love of money root of evil (1 Tim 6:9-11):well many will say that we all love money that is why we are up early to go to work and the jobless so busy sending applications all over. When the bible here talks about love for money it means when everything about you becomes about money, when money becomes your chief controller that even love for God dwindles. Gambling slowly does that to us. You bet 300 shillings get a double of it today, then tomorrow you have more confidence to bet more and soon that fellowship becomes a bother because you want to watch your money multiply- soon that missioner you once supported is no longer your business. Soon you even find yourself trying to get extra cash to bet so even the tithe is not a priority and soon you find yourself being part of corrupt deals to get that extra betting cash etc.
- Poor Stewardship: many have used the story about the talents on Matt 25:14-30 to defend gambling. The servants were given talents by their master to multiply; one buried his and lost everything so we say that we are multiplying it like the two faithful servants. Gambling involves risking something valuable with the hope of getting more. Let us consider valuable things in our life today, your school fees, your salary, family wealth, life savings etc. A young man confessed recently that he lied to his older sister that he was planning to start a business and he received around KSH 30000. A few months later he was struggling to survive with only KSH 3000; the rest he had used on gambling – a whole 27k gone. There are many stories of people who have lost their money and other valuable stuff. Now that is a good example of poor stewardship. Some of those who are lucky enough to get the “returns” have found it difficult to also manage what they have won, you either also gamble it or squander it.
- Addiction: This is a big one now – this one is all about ego and wanting to have another taste of what you had. The loser’s ego will push him to say “how can I lose? I know am good at this! I need to prove that I can win!” thus goes back to confirm/prove. The winner on the other side wants a taste of that sweet victory and gain. Further, the lady who won the 22 m jackpot said she started with little amount (behind her husband’s back), she won some and lost some, she said she tried the jackpot twice and failed but finally won. I don’t think she will stop there. Most who win have more confidence and even try increasing their level of betting. The bible tells us to be Self-controlled; Self-control being a fruit of the Holy Spirit Gal 5:22-25. It gets to a place in gambling where you just can’t stop even after losing you still want to try again. Discipline slowly goes down; saving is no longer your thing since you can’t control your desire to bet. Slowly greed creeps in and we end up here – a city broken into and left without walls (Prov 25:28). In those days cities had walls for protection from enemy attacks and intruders. Without self-control anything/everything sells we are vulnerable and weak and slowly lose grip of other disciplines we once held dearly.
- Source of laziness and greed: but why? I work hard to earn that money that I use to gamble? Well true it starts well but with time it becomes what you do for a living. A few months ago a young man sold his bodaboda (that was his source of income) and goes into a casino; losses all his money then goes berserk and kills two casino employees after the manager declined to lend him money to try win back his 30000 ksh a good definition of greed. Disposing a source of income and trying to earn quick money from what you haves Is lazy, not ready to work for that money. The mentality of easy money is a very appealing opportunity especially to the youth that is why you will find that most of them just place bets and sit waiting to be millionaires. Our mind get trapped by the thought of quick money that nothing else matters to us.
Prov 12:24 The hand of the diligent will rule, But the lazy man will be put to forced labor.
We are slowly eating up our future we are choosing the “easy way” out which will cost some of us dearly. We have to be alert and awake lest we lose all we have. My word to all Christians and non Christians; let’s focus on what benefits us, what builds us, let us not be carried away by every wind blowing around us; every trend being introduced to us. Let us set principles that we will consistently follow throughout. Finally Ps 119:9 How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to your word.
This is our only solution