Should Christians Participate in School Raffles?

| December 2, 2014

Editors' note: Questions and Ethics is a monthly series in which Russell Moore provides insight into how Christians should navigate through life's most challenging moral and ethical issues. The following is an edited transcript of this audio.]

Today’s question comes from Matt, a parent wondering about the morality of a popular form of schools fundraising. 

"Dr. Moore, I am about to become a band dad for the first time,” and I am assuming what he means by that is that he has a kid who is about the join the high school marching band. “One of the fundraisers our high school band uses is raffle tickets." Matt continues, 

There are limited numbers of tickets available, and it’s a winner-take-all pot for the winning raffle ticket. Tickets are sold for $10 apiece, and the prize pot is $5,000 to $10,000.

My concern is that every member of the marching band is required to participate in the fundraisers, which include selling these raffle tickets. There is a buyout provision where our child won’t have to sell the tickets.

I don’t see how this is any different than gambling or a lottery, and how should I as a Christian respond to…

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