Let’s say you won the upcoming $250 million Powerball prize on Wednesday.

Do you tithe 10% of it?

Will your church accept tens of millions of dollars in gamling money? (The United Methodist church is unclear on this).  If not, do you ease your sense of morality by giving 10% to a secular charity?

The confusion comes because there is no outright biblical ban on gambling (that I can find), yet with logic there is a pretty good case that Jesus would not approve.

Not that I think I’m going to win or anything.

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4 Responses to “Hypothetical”

  1. sista Says:

    If my Southern Baptist Church will not accept my 10% then I’ll take it elsewhere. I am gonna win ya know.

  2. joy Says:

    10% of 250 million. 25 million. (Sorry, the calculation was for me)

    Anyhow, I’d probably give it to the church. And another $25 million to charity. Or something.

  3. WonderDawg Says:

    I would spread it around to various ministries rather than one place.. after I recover from passing out.

  4. WonderDawg Says:

    Thought you might want to know:

    Woman wins lottery, leaves town without tithing

    HOBOKEN — Martha Givens, a faithful member of Walnut Methodist Church, won the $89 million New Jersey state lottery Tuesday, then left town, surprising her longtime pastor, Duane Marshall.
    “I guess the right words would be ‘deeply disappointed,'” Marshall said. Immediately after the news of Givens’ winning broke, he and the board had hired an architectural firm to build a new, multi-million dollar youth center. As a church of 124, the youth center couldn’t be built without Givens’ tithe from the lottery winnings.
    “They were rubbing their hands together with glee in that room,” said a dissenting board member. “Martha’s been so consistent through the years, they felt this was money in the bank. I warned them she might turn tail. Eighty-nine million is a lot of money.”
    Family members were keeping mum about Givens’ whereabouts, though one self-described “black sheep” cousin said the grandmother of two was “somewhere in the Caribbean, dancing, hitting the senior singles bars and doing all sorts of things Methodists don’t normally do.” She was uncertain if and when Givens would return. A sign in Givens’ lawn indicated the house is for sale, and her front door was covered with “please call me” notes from old friends and acquaintances.
    But Marshall hasn’t given up hope.
    “Martha, if you read this, we’ll take five percent, one percent, whatever you’ll give,” he said. “The Martha Givens Youth Center won’t be a reality without you.” •


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