All you pastors out there, I was absolutely floored today after church. My wife, kids and I went to her family's Christmas get together this afternoon. My mother in law, who is a member of a church we know quite well and were members of years before had an unusual request: She had gone to the local casino with my father in law, his brother and wife. While there she won $800, and talked with her pastor (who is SBC btw) and he told her that gambling was ok as long as it didn't take over and push other things out of the way. She paid a few things with the winnings and gave the rest to the church consequently. Bolstered with that, she asked my wife if they could take our oldest son there to gamble when he turns 18 in May. My wife said, "Absolutely not." My mother in law just said that she'd talk with me about it when it got closer to his birthday, but clearly did not agree since she had what she felt was her pastor's blessing on the matter. She is not a very mature Christian at all and I'll easily be able to show her Scripturally why he may not go, and also why her going to some casino is the wrong thing to do. After that, it's up to her regarding going in the future, but at least she'll know the truth.What totally befuddles me is her pastor giving his blessing to such a thing. It absolutely blew me away! This fellow has pastored there for a couple years and his predecessor was very clear on matters like this. She is my mother in law and I love her dearly. However, I my own church to pastor and have enough on my plate without cleaning up this mess. :BangHead: I know how I will be handling this situation, but at the same time I need to be a little more calm and prayed up before I tackle this. It really bothers me a lot. What say all of you?