WHEREAS, The tidal wave of gambling in our country has left in its wake pain and destruction in the lives of countless people, especially the children, poor, and elderly; and

WHEREAS, Many state governments have believed the lie that state﷓sponsored gambling will improve their local economy and provide funds for education, despite evidence to the contrary; and

WHEREAS, State governments by tacit approval of the so﷓called benefits of gambling become a predator rather than a protector of its constituents; and

WHEREAS, The commercial advertising of gambling further increases the negative effects; and

WHEREAS, Often the tide of gambling has been turned in American history by God's people who knelt in confession and stood in conviction;

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED, That we, the messengers of the Southern Baptist Convention, assembled in Dallas, Texas, June 17﷓19, 1997, call on all Christians to exercise their influence by refusing to participate in any form of gambling or its promotion; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, That we urge our political leaders to enact laws restricting and eventually eliminating all forms of gambling and its advertisement.

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