Baptist, Methodist and United Reformed Churches in the UK have a long history of engagement with social issues. See here our work on:
There are many good reasons why Christians have traditionally had reservations against gambling. It is an activity which enriches the few at the expense of the many; it encourages a belief in ‘luck’ rather than God; it has often been associated with ‘swindlers’ and other criminals.
Alcohol has become stronger, more affordable, more widely available and more heavily marketed. Drunkenness is more socially acceptable and glass sizes are bigger. Problem drinking is not just a ‘personal failing’- it is the result of society’s drinking culture, and the effectiveness or not of its regulation of the drinks industry.