Monday, November 06, 2023

Temple: gambling

Monday, November 6, 2023
    Feast of William Temple, Archbishop of Canterbury, Teacher, 1944
    [Jesus:] “Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back.”
    —Luke 6:30 (NIV)
    Gambling challenges that view of life which the Christian Church exists to uphold and extend. Its glorification of mere chance is a denial of the Divine order of nature. To risk money haphazard is to disregard the insistence of the Church in every age of living faith that possessions are a trust, and that men must account to God for their use. The persistent appeal to covetousness is fundamentally opposed to the unselfishness which was taught by Jesus Christ and by the New Testament as a whole. The attempt (inseparable from gambling) to make a profit out of the inevitable loss and possible suffering of others is the antithesis of that love of one’s neighbour on which our Lord insisted.
    ... William Temple (1881-1944), before the Royal Commission on Lotteries and Betting, 1932, Punch, v. 240, Mark Lemon, et al., Punch Publications Ltd., 1961, p. 671 (see the book)
    See also Luke 6:30; Ex. 20:17; Eccl. 5:10-11; Ps. 119:36; Isa. 33:15-16; Matt. 5:42; 6:19-21; 22:39; Luke 6:38; 12:15,33; 1 Tim. 6:6-10; Heb. 13:5
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, show me how to use money to glorify You.
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