I've been thinking about this topic a lot lately too. I wonder about things such as fancy clothing and jewelry, for instance. Is this a good use of our money,particularly when there are so many needs and so much poverty? What about gambling? To my shock, recently at church I heard a woman talking about how much "fun" she had visiting a casino and all the various games she was playing. In my former church, there would be no question about such an activity (not for Christians) and no one would even think of going to a casino. I was a bit distressed by this and felt terribly uncomfortable.
Thank you for your post.
The clothes and jewelry is a tough one. It would be dificult for a Bishop to give that sermon in his crown and crossier. Even among the laity I have seen people get looks for not dressing well enough to come to church. Gambling is more clear cut. But what if the proceeds go to the Church or a good cause?
Not easy questions and it seems no one else is willing to comment on such controversial issues.