Across from our church some folks have put in a game room with slots,
etc., which we feel is probably illegal, but the law is doing nothing
about it. One of our members (a teacher in one of our Bible studies) has
said we should curse the place in the name of Jesus Christ and most of
the congregation joined her as she led in a prayer to curse the place.
We don't feel right cursing either the place or the people. What does
the Bible say about this? We have prayed about this and for the people
there and their souls.
Thank you for your help.
The scriptures are clear on this point:
"But I say to you who hear, 'Love your enemies, do good to those who
hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you."
And the rest of that passage teaches forcefully that the Jesus way is
the exact antithesis of cursing. You will see it clearly by reading
Add to that Romans 12:14: "Bless those who persecute you; bless and
do not curse them." Read the entire relevant passage, verses 14-21.
And then the consummate expression of "turning the other cheek":
"Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for
us--for it is written, 'Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree'".
You are right on track praying for the offending people and their souls.
Grace to you,
It seems to me that if the activity is truly illegal (make sure it
really is) and the authorities are just winking at it then individuals
should go as citizens (not as "representatives of the church") and
confront the authorities on why nothing is being done about it.