Oh boy, I think this might be a hot topic! I was taught by my parents and the church that playing cards and gambling were in the same category. They were a huge no-no.
My dad told of a time when he was a boy as the youngest in a family of seven children. His dad and older siblings were at the table playing cards. All of a sudden his mother, my grandmother, said softly but sharply, “Here comes the pastor! Hide the cards!” Quickly everyone put their cards in a stack. At the last second someone grabbed the stack of cards and hid them under the dining room table clothe! So there, as obvious as could be, was the hidden deck of forbidden cards!
So I think playing cards has had a bad reputation for a very long time, because it’s associated with gambling. It was so ingrained in me that even today I can’t have a deck of cards in my house. I tried to teach my children that cards are wrong, but I failed. I’m actually glad I did. Why should my children be so restricted over my convictions? I’ve seen them enjoying each other’s company, at one of their homes, over a game of cards. I don’t know what the game was but I heard their laughter and knew it was alright.
Jerry and I have had a lot of fun playing Rook over the years. I’ve been told it’s the Free Methodist game of cards… I really don’t know…I don’t like that statement.
Gambling is another topic. We, as far as I know, are not allowed to gamble and be members of the Free Methodist Church. So casino’s are out. Thank goodness. Buying lotto tickets is out. Thank goodness.
I’d like the latest edition of The Book of Discipline of the Free Methodist Church. I’d also like one from the 40’s and 50’s because that’s when I was most affected by the hard, fast, rules. Writing about the rules and the recent changes has been eye opening and has been healing for me. There is still more to come…