What are you betting on?

I read yesterday that the Lottery Powerball jackpot had grown to $550 million.  Did you buy a ticket?  In one state they were estimating that 9,500 tickets were sold every minute during peak times.  I have to admit, I always thought it fun to think about how my life would change and what I’d do if I got really rich.

I have read from several people that Jesus has more to say about money than He does about heaven or hell… combined.  One of Paul’s most often quoted verse has to do with money (For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. -1 Timothy 6:10).

World Magazine had an insightful article on the approach that the California Lottery televisions commercials have been using to encourage people to buy tickets.  They are asking people to “believe in something bigger”.   World Magazine has a great quote from James Poulos who writes in Forbes that the most destructive part of the ad campaign is the state’s attempt to bring a spiritual side to the lottery. He points to the paradox that those who believe in “lottery-ism” are the least likely to use those winnings to make incredible things happen: “Discerning Christians, Buddhists, and others would point out that life is more than large enough already; that optimism is irrelevant when you are present to the possibility of grace and the fullness of life…  The full article is worth reading.

How about you?

1.  If you suddenly got several million dollars, how would your life change?

2.  It’s not hard to call to mind the many times that Jesus talks about money or tells stories about people who were rich.  If money can be so dangerous, why don’t we as christians spend more time teaching and talking about it?

http://www.worldmag.com/2013/05/california_lottery_asks_residents_to_believe_in_something_bigger

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/05/16/numbers-powerball-jackpot/2164991/

2 thoughts on “What are you betting on?

  1. Money is a touchy subject. Im not afraid to boast about deals i found or how nice of something i bought, but when it comes to talking about how well i budget or how much i tithe, l definitely feel ashamed or maybe more so threatened. I think we therefore don’t spend as much time as we could talking about it because deep down, we ultimately know money has too much influence in our lives and we fearfully don’t trust God with it.

    Fundraising for doing missions was one of the hardest things I had to do regarding money because I was basically asking people to give from an area of their life that is very private. I cannot tell you how many times I needed to be reminded that money is not something I own. It’s Gods money, he generously gave it to me, and I need to be a good steward of that gift.

  2. Money in itself is not dangerous, but the Love of money. Someone who dedicates their life to work, for the purpose of overfilling their Trust Funds, is vastly different from someone who dedicates their life to work, to simply feed their family. In South Lake, it doesn’t seem common to find someone who’s willing to surrender their salvation for the love of money (Mark 10:21). First page of Google search “Poverty with a view” will bring up two sites about Tahoe.

    Teach The Word, and the message will be delivered, but whether that fault should be emphasized over others, is a matter of perception.

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