Gambling and Religion
If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, there are many resources available to help you find relief. One of the most important places to start is with your own family. Make sure to monitor your child’s behavior and try to avoid letting them participate in gambling. Children who are exposed to gambling may end up exhibiting problem behaviors. If you have any concerns or questions, contact a professional counsellor. These services are free and confidential, and they are available 24/7.
Many Protestant denominations are against gambling, including the Christian Reformed Church in North America, the Church of Lutheran Confession, the Southern Baptist Convention, the Assemblies of God, and the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Other groups oppose gambling, including the Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and the Members of the Church of God International. Regardless of religious beliefs, most Christians do not view gambling as a sin, but they do recognize that there are risks involved in it.
While gambling is a legal activity in the United States, it has long been suppressed by the law. In the early 20th century, gambling was outlawed almost everywhere in the U.S. This prompted the creation of the mafia and other criminal organizations. Since the popularity of gambling has increased, attitudes toward gambling have softened and laws against it have been relaxed. Although there are still laws against it, these laws are not as strict as they once were.