Den of Iniquity?
I work part time in an arcade in a city centre as a customer care assistant. My job is very front line dealing with people from all walks of life. The majority of customers are 'regulars' who I get to know on quite a personal level.
There are many different reasons why people gamble. For some especially the older generation or single moms it's a chance for a chat, a bit of company and a couple of hours out of the house . For others it's a chance to make "a quick raise" a bit of extra cash. Which is fine when they win, but when they lose money they don't really have it can quickly become an angry, aggressive situation. Then you get the addicted 'day in day out ' gamblers which with that come the knock on effect problems any addiction can cause.
Gambling is not really an industry that goes side by side with being a Christian. This can sometimes be a problem for me, as being a Christian is part of who I am.
I wear a cross or Ichthys to work and seeing this customers often ask, " Are you religious?" So this often opens up a discussion depending on their own personal view, and I've heard them all: from atheists to those who believe but have many misconceptions about Church. I get asked all kinds of things like, “Why doesn't God help me, I've lost everything through this?” and after the recent terrorist attacks in France that it is all the fault of religion.
I have been told by my boss to ' tone down' discussing my religion with customers, which I find hard as I know some of these people would really benefit from the love of Our Father in
Heaven, and the strength Our Faith gives us. My faith has also helped me handle violent situations differently. When people are swearing and losing their temper, I often ask myself, 'How would Jesus react here?' Then I try to act accordingly. A lot of my colleagues can be judgemental about the customers. It’s hard when they’re telling you they've spent their children's Christmas present money ,or have no food because they've gambled it all away. Some often don't wash or change clothes. I often check myself when it gets trying and say, “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone. ”Instead I try to be understanding and helpful, and graceful and at all times and all opportunities a light for Christ in a den of what is sometimes full of darkness.