I’m sure that there are a lot more than five things that Christian churches have in common with casinos, but here’s some of the things that most reasonable minded people would agree on.
1. They both operate out of large buildings that are usually strategically located off of large freeways or on well-traveled city streets. Some of these buildings cost millions of dollars to build and millions of dollars to operate annually.
2. Churches and casinos usually have high profile charismatic people working within them. The larger Christian churches usually have at least one church leader who is charismatic and keeps the people coming back week after week. Casinos usually need to hire their entertainers, but nevertheless they both use them to serve their needs.
3. Each one of these organizations uses groups to help people solve their problems. Some large churches have singles groups, youth groups and even the necessary Bible study groups, while casinos hang a few signs throughout their casinos, offering help to their patrons who are addicted to gambling.
4. Most of their followers seem to have dependency problems on the products that they are offering. Casinos seem to offer large financial jackpots and this seems to keep their followers coming back year after year. Christian churches have something better, they have the creator of the universe as their leader and his name is God. God offers two things, eternal damnation if you’re bad and eternal salvation if you’re good and this seems to keep people going to church regularly.
5. It’s not uncommon to find people praying in churches and casinos. Most of these people are praying for something that they want to receive from God and I think that these people really believe that once they receive whatever their praying for, most of their problems will be gone.
I have seen plenty of people who are happy and sad while they’re in church or at the casinos, but I rarely hear anyone mention the fact that each one of these organizations is often offering hope without delivering the goods.