Originally Posted by PentecostalEvangelist
In a sense I see your point, but it could just as easily be said that one might waste their money through unwise purchases of common merchandise.
I really don't believe Jesus was referring to gambling in the scriptures you provided.
I really believe Jesus was speaking about wise spending in general, and saving whenever and whereever possible.
Yes we need to be wise in our spending. I personally try to avoid gambling firstly because I was a compulsive gambler in my youth, and now because even if it is a little flutter it is an attempt to win, rather than the concept of labouring to earn a living. If I go to the Newsagent here in Australia, then most of the customers lined up are gambling on a lottery or similar. I do not mind the long delay as it helps the State Government which is paying my pension.