Gambling has long been taboo in Christian circles. The issue, however, is not addressed very often in our day, except maybe under the category of addictions. But what of the occasional gambler? Can Christians go to Vegas and play the slots with a clear conscience?
Nothing has made the issue more cloudy than lottery tickets. In states like Indiana where there is a state lottery, it is not unusual for guests to be given a gift (at some big dinner, for example) of a lottery ticket. Hep church pastors often talk about, "If you won the lottery...." I would never buy a lottery ticket, but I would scratch it off and claim a prize if one was given to me. That is as far as I would go. But others would say no to that.
I confess that I am of the old school. Perhaps because I was around a lot of gambling and did some race track gambling (not much, but some) before I was saved. A cousin has to mow down his forest to sell the wood to pay off a gambling debt. Coming from Cicero, IL, gambling was all around. I used to deliver papers to the house Al Capone once resided in (obviously he died way before I was born).
You comments on gambling appreciated. Is it right in moderation? Is it a vice? Would Jesus play the lottery? If someone gave Him a ticket, would He have accepted it and checked it to see if He won? Some of these questions are not quite so easy, I know. Also, it is one thing to say what I would do, another what all Christians should do.