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Funding For Education For Public Schools

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When you think of gambling, what image do you see? If you are a politician or business leader in a depressed area, such as ours, you might see a casino bringing increasing employment. You may see new tax profits that would possibly develop roads and offer public assistance. If you are worried about funding for education, you might see profits from state lotteries for public schools. If you are concerned about the age of the community you may see Las Vegas, with its theme parks and kids’ play rooms. However, if you are a restaurant owner you might see your business closing and your employees laid off, because you are not able to compete with the bargain meals casinos use to entice patrons. You may worry about seeing your friends lured by…show more content…
Issues can become muddy with fears and concerns. This makes it difficult to clearly see what to do next. Regular consideration of Scripture opens the heart of God to the reader. Learning and loving God’s heart changes us, placing the will of God into our heart through the Holy Spirit. As we contemplate, meditate, and memorize the Scriptures, clarity will come. By then we will be walking by faith and not by sight (2 Cor. 5:7).
There is a biblical basis for the moral involvement of churches in their communities. One of the first revelations of Scripture is that God is the Creator of all that is and “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good” (Genesis 1:31). But God’s created order did not remain pure for long — sin corrupted the earth (Genesis 3). Yet, God, the Creator and Governor of the world, is also God the Redeemer who works and is working to transform the kingdoms of this earth into the kingdom of God (Revelation 21). The Old Testament prophets proclaimed the need for social justice and community righteousness (Isaiah 1:15–17; Amos 5:21–24). Micah declared, “He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8).
The New Testament continued this concern for social justice. Jesus confirmed His intent not to “abolish the Law or the Prophets ... but to fulfill them” (Matthew 5:17). Christians are
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