Letter: Casino a moral issue for community
To the editor:
The casino question is one of the most critical issues that has faced our city in a long time.
Since there are many church people in Craig from many denominations, which honor the Bible as God's message to us and would appreciate knowing what he has to say about it,
I did a bit of study and came up with some verses that have a direct bearing on how we should vote:
"He who hastens to be rich has an evil eye, and does not know that poverty will meet him" - Proverbs 28:22.
"Those who want to be rich fall into temptation and a snare. And they fall into many hurtful lusts which plunge men into death and ruin" - I Timothy 6:9.
"For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evils. Some who have reached out after money have wandered from the faith and have pierced themselves through with many sorrows" - I Timothy 6:10.
It is well known that the people who do the most gambling are the poor who hope to be able to have the things that others have, but of course all that is accomplished is that they become even poorer.
God's way is far superior: "Let the thieving one steal no more (such as taking money from the poor so they can gamble it away), but rather let him labor, working what is good with his hands, so that he may have something to give to him that has need" - Ephesians 4:28.
The association of gambling with alcohol and prostitution multiplies the evil of such an enterprise.
"Woe to him who gives his neighbor drink, pouring out your bottle and also making him drunk, that you may look on their nakedness!" - Habakkuk 2:15.
As to the jobs created to run the casino, it is never right to do wrong in order to do right.
We are always safe if we follow God's instruction. We are not to worry about how we are going to live, "but seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things (food, drink, clothing) shall be added unto you" - Matthew 6:33.
"Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart" - Psalm 37:4.
The evil that a casino embodies is diametrically opposed to the pure truth of God found in your Bible.