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    Christian College Bans Lottery Tickets

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    Christian College Bans Lottery Tickets

    A Christian college that had exempted Arkansas' lottery from a student gambling ban reversed course on Friday and said students can't buy the tickets after all.

    According to the Associated Press:  

    Harding University President David Burks said now the school will include the lottery in its rule prohibiting students from gambling on or off campus. Administrators at Harding, a liberal arts Christian school in Searcy affiliated with the Church of Christ, had decided in August to make an exception for the lottery in its gambling prohibition.

    But Burks said Friday at the school's daily chapel services that he believes making the exception was a mistake.

    "My intention was to express in our policy the reality that it will be very difficult to enforce any prohibition against the lottery," Burks said in a statement released by the school. "In an attempt to avoid one appearance of hypocrisy, I made a decision that has itself come to be viewed as hypocritical."

    //Not allowing students to play the lottery?  What the heck?  How are they going to pay their tuition?


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    1. Leonard on Tue, October 20, 2009

      In order to correct hypocrisy… we have to make up more rules not found in the bible.  I remember these days. 

      We could not see movies, play cards, gamble… even for fun not money, Listen to rock music, even Christian rock… we could listen to country for some reason.  We had to have short hair, wear collared shirts, no jeans on the lower campus before 5pm, weekends were okay… no shorts on lower campus before 5 unless involved in a sport…

      But at least we were holy…

    2. jac1962 on Wed, October 21, 2009

      I think it’s a good call.  Biblically there are three ways to acquire wealth - 1. earn money or goods through work; 2. barter,  or 3. have someone give it to you.  Gambling falls under none of these three categories.  Also, gambling and risk are not the same.  The difference is risk involves a prearranged agreement for fair compensation of both (all) parties.  That’s why insurance, mutual funds and even farming are risks and not gambling.  I grew up as an unbeliever in Vegas - I find it hard to see it as even neutral entertainment.

    3. rbud on Thu, October 22, 2009

      I don’t but lottery myself, nor gamble. But, I don’t see a problem with it as entertainment. I do believe a person should be consistent and avoid hypocrisy. If you outlaw one, you must outlaw the other. You cannot condemn one while accepting the other.

    4. Oliver on Fri, October 23, 2009

      I can’t see the harm in this probably a good idea!

    5. Rev Eric on Mon, October 26, 2009

      I agree with rbud. I don’t play the lottery myself because I am convinced I will lose. But somebody will win and sometimes I think, why not me? So for the entertainment value, I may pay a dollar.

      This school has said no gambling is allowed. And since the lottery is gambling it makes sense that they should include it in their “no gambling” rules.

      Personally, if I went to the school, I’d probably play the lottery just to rebel. (Which by the way, would be wrong of me since I was knowingly breaking the rules.) If I won big money, I’d offer to donate some to the school and see how they respond. smile

    6. Tim on Mon, October 26, 2009

      Let move to letting the world know what we are for and not what we are agents .

    7. Rev Eric on Mon, October 26, 2009

      Tim I know that was a typo but that was hysterical. It made me laugh out loud! smile

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