A question of church ethics: should churches run raffles/guessing competitions (a guessing competition is more or less a raffle minus the government license)? After all, the church will rightly condemn the power that gambling (lotteries, pokies, et al) holds on people, but turn into a church run guessing competition, and make the main prize a Bridge Climb rather than a QANTAS holiday, does that make it all hokey dokey?
Of course, I could be over reacting. But if it is true to say that the churches life is its mission and the churches mission is its life, than our call to be distinct from he rest of society must be taken seriously in all areas of the church - even the church fete.
"...let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven."
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