Mr. Godwin worked with my father as his security detail. However, while working for this man of God, he was a gambler. NaijaBet, the popular soccer betting site in Nigeria was bookmarked on his phone Browser and he always prayed for God to help him win games.
Good news! God answered his prayers. Or, so he thought. He won over a Million Naira, married his fiancee, moved into a better apartment and thanked God for remembering him when he needed help most. He counts it as one of the blessings he got from
I have heard Christians say Gambling is a
Many scriptures are referred to in the argument that gambling is a sin, the point being that gambling is as a result of the love of money (1 Timothy 6:10). And that is where many Christians get it wrong. First, there is nothing wrong with increasing your finances through lawful means. Secondly, many gamblers have other sources of income. Lastly, not all gamblers are a nuisance to the society.
Gambling is just one of those exercises we carry out as human beings. Gambling is about making a prediction, and when it is right, people get rewarded. Compare a gambler to a Seer/spiritualist who “sees visions” and makes predictions, and gets paid by their clients when their predictions come to pass. A gambler may see himself as the Nostradamus of our
Our everyday life is a
It is only in this situation that people, especially Christians, give room for their freedoms to be taken away, and such an exercise termed evil and detrimental to
I know a lot of very responsible family men who do soccer betting as an alternative source of income, and for a country like Nigeria, in its worsening economic state, young men have resorted to soccer betting to take care of themselves and stay away from the wrong side of the law. Mr. Godwin, for instance, is a Policeman who was attached to my father as a security detail. He has a steady
News Flash! In this era of Feminism and
If we have the freedom to engage in commercial businesses knowing that they may or may not yield profit, then people should also exercise the freedom of engaging in gambling, most especially, soccer betting which is in the front burner of social discuss in Nigeria today.
To many, Like Mr. Godwin, gambling may not be a sin. Gambling is work, and God blesses the work of our hands (Proverbs 16:33). But others, maybe because they are afraid of falling into the temptation of greed, label gambling a sin, and try so hard to prevent others from becoming victims. Either way, let us remember that we have freedom from God, and in Christ Jesus. We should
This article was written by Chukwuemeka Ezeugo