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In the Democratic and Republican primaries of spring, 1998, less than 30% of the population voted in South Carolina. In most churches, only 25% of their members voted. Only a very few churches had a high turnout of 40% to 50%. That means that a typical church like yours, had 65% to 75% who did not vote. The number of participants can be greatly increased by reminding people to vote and especially by pushing the importance of voting from the pulpit.
Use these as a guide as an insert in your church's bulletin. Inform your congregation about the dangers of the lottery!

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Money spent on the lottery is poor use of God-given assets and violates basic stewardship principles. Violators suffer because of it.
Matthew 25:29-30 "For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
Genesis 3:19 "In the sweat of thy brow shalt thou eat bread."
Each person is to "bear his own burden," Gal 6:5, to "eat his own bread," 2 Thes 3:12, and "to work with his own hands." 1 Thes 4:11. We are warned to "take heed and beware covetousness." Luke 12:15. Gambling, and a form of it, the lottery, violate these Biblical principles, resulting in the personal destruction of many, as well as the corruption of our society. The church takes this position as a warning for the protection of those who will listen.

The lottery violates the commandment "Thou shalt not covet," and the principal of earning wealth by the "sweat of your brow." The fruits of gambling include devastated family budgets, marriage conflicts, divorce, poverty, and hungry children, as well as the corruption of society and politicians. Referendums on the determination of legalization of drugs, prostitution, or anything else that is evil such as gambling or the lottery are not necessary.

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The lottery and gambling violate "Thou Shalt Not Covet."
Greed causes the foolish spending for lottery tickets instead of buying basic family needs of food, housing.
Lottery purchases takes money away from sales taxes dedicated for education.

The lottery takes away from money spent on goods and services and therefore, the lottery subtracts jobs from the manufacturing economy.

Our forefathers banned the lottery in the Tennessee Constitution because these policies have failed in the past by corrupting our politicians and society. Let's respect the wisdom of our forefathers.




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WHAT DOES IT DO FOR US?


History has shown that when lottery was tried by many states in the 1800's, it resulted in the corruption of our society and our politicians. Each of the states that tried lottery or gambling in the 1800's found that it resulted in the corruption of society and resulted in politicians representing gambling bosses and not the people. For the next 150 years, the lottery was banned in almost every state. It was only until the late 1960's did gambling and the lottery make a comeback. This is another illustration showing that history repeats itself and that we don't learn from history.

The lottery plays on the weakness of greed. Money is not spent on basic needs of food and clothing, but is gambled away from the family budget. Our forefathers attempted to protect us from many problems by banning gambling and a form of it, the lottery, in the Tennessee Constitution. We don't need a public referendum to legalize drugs, prostitution, gambling or the lottery or anything else that is evil or a proven failure.




LOTTERY POSITION: Gambling and a form of it, the lottery, violates the commandment , "Thou shalt not covet," and the principal of earning wealth by the "sweat of your brow." (Gen 3:19). The fruits of gambling include devastated family budgets, marriage conflicts, divorce, poverty, hungry children, as well as the corruption of society and politicians. Anything that is evil cannot benefit our society even though some proceeds may go to promote public education.




LOTTERY POSITION: If we fail to be salt and light to our community, many will suffer destruction and we ourselves will suffer because of corruption of our elected officials and downward fall of our society. We are warned in I Timothy 6:9,10: "But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some covet after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows."




Gambling Violates Biblical Principles
*** Gambling is a covetous form of stealing (Exodus 20:15,17)
*** Gambling promotes violence (Proverbs 1:10-19; 15:27, 21:25-26)
*** Gambling is contrary to biblical stewardship (1 Corinthians 16:1-3; 2 Corinthians 8:1-9; John 13:29; Ephesians 4:28; Matthew 22:21; Romans 13:7)
*** Gambling appeals to "fate" or "chance" (Isaiah 65:11)
*** Gambling violates the biblical work ethic (2 Thessalonians 3:10-12)
*** Gambling violates the law of love (Matthew 22:34-40)
*** Gambling exploits the poor (Amos 5:6-7, 10-15)
*** Gambling creates a stumbling block (Romans 14:21)




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The Lottery encourages our society to violate many biblical principles. Violators suffer because of it. See Matthew 25:28-30. Gen 3:19, "In the sweat of thy brow shalt thou eat bread." Each person is to "bear his own burden," Gal 6:5, to "eat his own bread," 2 Thes 3:12, and "to work with his own hands." 1 Thes 4:11. We are warned to "take heed and beware covetousness." Luke 12:15. The Lottery violates these Biblical principles, resulting in the personal destruction of many as well as the corruption of our society.

Gambling and a form of it, the lottery, violates the commandment, "Thou shalt not covet." The fruits of gambling include devastated family budgets, marriage conflicts, divorce, poverty, hungry children, as well as the corruption of society and politicians.

The promotion, legalization and taxation of anything that is evil, such as drugs, prostitution, gambling or the lottery, will only result in more evil. Anything that is evil cannot benefit our society even though some proceeds may go to promote public education. Our forefathers, who wrote the Tennessee Constitution, banned evil vices that corrupt our society like gambling, lottery, drugs, and prostitution Let's respect the wisdom of our forefathers: let's keep gambling and the lottery out of our society.




Vote Nov. 5! Remember your patriotic and civic duty to vote on Tuesday, Nov 5. Use this opportunity to vote on the moral values of the Lottery and to elect our leaders for the next four years.








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