Here is a tricky Anglican controversy to reflect on.
Many Anglican ministry units seek funding from sources outside the church, including from 'pokie charities', i.e. from funds derived from people playing pokie (gambling) machines.
Recently my colleague and friend, Jolyon White, has spear-headed a campaign against the proliferation of pokie machines.
The pokie industry has reacted by rejecting funding applications from Anglican ministry units, including one from our own Christchurch Cathedral.
The NZ Herald has a report here.
For what it is worth, I am with Jolyon. I do not think churches should receive funds from the gambling industry. Fullstop. I certainly do not think we should receive such funds if we ever think we are going to speak out against gambling.
What do you think?