Last week I was at a conference in Sin City, Las Vegas, and was surprised that the Sin part of the city was well hidden. I only went from the airport to the hotel to the conference center (attached to the hotel lobby). The temptation on full display was gambling. I had to pass through the casino to access the conference center. Also, at the airport, the slot machines centered between the gates accommodated the gamblers waiting for their flights. I was asked by one of my students if I gambled during my trip. I did not because I don’t believe that it’s a godly form of income.
There only four Godly ways to receive something of value. It’s only a good deal if it’s a good deal for both parties. Knowingly ripping off a neighbor is a sin. Gambling odds are slanted in the houses’ favor.
- Law of Product: Exchanging something physical for money. This could be a car, cell phone, lawn mower, etc.
- Law of Service: Providing a service for money. This could be mowing a lawn, waiting tables, or cooking burgers, etc.
- Law of Barter: Exchange products or services for products or services. I had a babyproofing service and came to an agreement with my chiropractor. We exchanged back adjustments for babyproofing his house.
- Law of Giving: Giving with no expectations to receive anything back, otherwise it’s the Law of Barter. God sets the example in Genesis 3:16
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
God so loved that he gave. There it is — Give to love, love to give. Our motivation to give is love and our expression of love is to give. They are intertwined and inseparable.