What is the Bottom Line?
The real tragedy of legalized gaming is not in the staggering amount of money being lost by families at casinos (about $100,000,000.00 monthly in Missouri alone); it is not that up to 5.3% of recreational gamblers become so disoriented that they need therapy just to get some semblance of order back into their lives; but rather, the real tragedy is found in the serious warping in society of our Judeo-Christian sense of well-being that proclaims ultimately God guides, directs, provides, and protects all the way based on obedience to Him.

Gaming proponents rush to point out that casino taxes help support the state's schools, and that casinos create jobs vital to the state's economy. All of this is certainly beneficial and worthy in and of itself, but some feel these contributions in this context pale in the balance in comparison to the weightier issue of society's underlying need to recognize the importance of obedience to God's laws and to rely upon them.

A society that turns to embrace randomness as a source of good rather than recognizing God as the source of all good will soon find itself in decline and in downfall.