How would you feel about holding a job that requires you to provide products or services against gospel principles? The inspiration for this is my own past job where I worked for a hospital foundation and part of my duties included working on their annual “Home Lottery”. I always felt a bit of conflict, however I loved that part of the job. I loved to work in a mansion often with an ocean view, loved to interact with the public when they were in a good mood. The pay was really good. I had flexible hours and felt great about being part of the #1 money maker for the hospital. I never bought a ticket because I considered it gambling and my money would do more good as a straight donation plus I could write it off. However, I know lots of LDS members that didn’t see it as gambling or maybe they did and bought tickets anyway. Sometimes there were awkward moments when they recognized me from church, sometimes not. “Hi there, Brother….I enjoyed your high council message last week.”
There are many members that are in similiar situations when you think about. Servers in licensed restaurants, clerks in stores that sell cigarettes or booze, video store clerks that have to rent X-rated and Disney movies…the list seems endless. I never felt completely comfortable with the lottery aspect of the job, but overall the job was rewarding and help my family through the college years. Share your thoughts.