Wednesday Night is Poker NightThursday, October 4, 2007 20:20
…all we needed were sunglasses and smokey atmosphere to complete the ambience. This week was Poker Night at Amicus with Tim teaching us how to play, and then beating most of us hands down. He painstakingly wrote the rules for Texas Hold ‘Em on the board, then ran us through them to make sure we understood what was going on, before starting a “friendly” hand to ease us in gently. At the end of the first hand we all had our chips returned and started again for real.
The clear ‘winners’ were Tim and Robbie – with Flic and others struggling to know whether they had a good hand or not. There’s definitely a strategic element to the game which takes some time to master. Perhaps we’ll return to it at another time.
After the game we spent some time exploring whether Poker itself was considered a problem by the Church, or whether it was gambling generally. We discussed some key biblical themes such as providence & stewardship and Jesus’ own example of honesty, before looking at the following passage from 1 Timothy 6 for some insight:
“These people think religion is supposed to make you rich. And religion does make your life rich, by making you content with what you have. We didn’t bring anything into this world, and we won’t [a] take anything with us when we leave. So we should be satisfied just to have food and clothes. People who want to be rich fall into all sorts of temptations and traps. They are caught by foolish and harmful desires that drag them down and destroy them. The love of money causes all kinds of trouble. Some people want money so much that they have given up their faith and caused themselves a lot of pain.
Warn the rich people of this world not to be proud or to trust in wealth that is easily lost. Tell them to have faith in God, who is rich and blesses us with everything we need to enjoy life. Instruct them to do as many good deeds as they can and to help everyone. Remind the rich to be generous and share what they have. This will lay a solid foundation for the future, so that they will know what true life is like.”
We ended with a discussion about whether money won on the lottery could be redeemed by being donated to the Church and used for the purposes of the Kingdom, and we pondered together the question of whether investing in the Stock Market should be considered gambling.
Next Week: <to be confirmed> [but be there!]
Disclaimer: no money changed hands during the course of the evening. All transactions were made using poker chips and jelly babies [which incidentally sounds like a good name for a band].