In this episode, we examine whether or not Christians can buy cryptocurrency, purchase lottery tickets, or participate in sports betting. We also discuss blockchain technology, cryptocurrency, Sam Bankman-Fried and the FTX scandal, gambling, the Super Bowl, the debt ceiling, affirmative action, the importance of work, and much more. Finally, we answer the question: how are Christians to guard against so many temptations to "easy money?"
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// CHAPTERS //
(00:00) - Introduction
(03:00) - Definition of "Blockchain"
(07:02) - Definition of "Cryptocurrency"
(11:55) - The rise and fall of FTX
(18:05) - The temptation of "easy money"
(20:51) - Should a church accept donated lottery winnings?
(24:45) - "The ends justify the means"
(26:04) - Is the lottery immoral?
(30:50) - Consequences of gambling go far beyond money
(36:00) - The difference between investing in stocks vs. gambling
(41:05) - Sobering statistics about sports betting
(45:23) - Wealth gained hastily will dwindle
(50:52) - The Christian's reward is in heaven
(53:00) - The prevalence of sports betting
(55:32) - Billions spent on Super Bowl betting
(01:00:54) - Nothing is morally neutral
(01:04:54) - The necessity of work
(01:09:02) - Affirmative action
(01:12:08) - Summarizing our discussion
(01:13:50) - Guarding against the temptation to easy money
(01:18:07) - The temptation of a "trendy" church
(01:22:30) - Conclusion
// REFERENCES //
- With A New CEO, An Adult Has Arrived To Clean Up The FTX Mess
- Lawyer Overseeing FTX Fallout: ‘Never In My Career Have I Seen Such A Complete Failure’ | The Daily Wire
- Interview: Fallen crypto CEO Sam Bankman-Fried opens up about FTX, Alameda Research, and his regrets - Vox
- A Simple Explanation on how Blockchain Works
- What Is Bitcoin? How to Mine, Buy, and Use It
- Americans bet $125B on sports in 4 years since legalization (AP)
- Monday, May 16, 2022 - AlbertMohler.com
- Evangelicals and Super Bowl Betting
- Monday, February 14, 2022 - AlbertMohler.com
- How Colleges and Universities Caesarized Campus Life
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