Saturday, September 22, 2007

Gambling in the Bluegrass

I just received an email, from someone that I do not know, asking me to vote against expanded gambling here in Kentucky. Anyone that reads this blog regularly could just about 'bet' on my position. There is no way anyone with half a brain actually thinks gambling is a viable solution to the economic woes of Kentucky, or anyplace else. My home county in WV just passed a referendum to add table games at the local dog track. Its not bad enough that West Virginia is last in nearly every category. Now they want to see how much farther down the ladder they can slip.

I have not read all the studies. In fact, I have not read any of the studies. But it doesn't take a genius to figure out, the 'house' always wins. These casinos wouldn't be in business if they were giving away tons of money every day. There is too much heartache and destruction being inflicted on the American family already without adding a casino to the mix.

Don't get me started on the mentality of the folks that frequent the casinos. Do they actually think they will solve there financial problems with a roll of the dice or a turn of a card? You won't see very many successful businessmen making a daily trip to Caesars or buying lottery tickets. Plain, old fashioned work, that's the solution to financial hardship. Not scratch off tickets, not joker-poker machines, not power ball. As Dave Ramsey says, "Get up, leave the cave, kill something and drag it home." Money comes from work.

From a ministry perspective this adds yet another layer of turmoil to address in our communities. But, if its not gambling it will be something else. The answer is found in the gospel. That is why we must continue to proclaim it. There is peace and healing found in Christ. You can bet on that.

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