Should a Christian buy raffle tickets?

What should I do at work, at school, or in the neighborhood when I am asked to buy a raffle ticket or a lottery ticket to fund a good cause such as an injured child or a family who is out of work?

A Christian can answer, "I want to cheerfully help any good cause, but I don't feel free before God to buy a raffle ticket or a lottery ticket. I will give you the price of the ticket for the good cause without getting the ticket."

We read in Galatians 6:10, "As we therefore have opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto those who are of the household of faith." Titus 3:1 teaches that we are to be "to be ready to every good work." Doing good to others when we can, we will be a little like our Lord Jesus, "Who went about doing good" (Acts 10:38). One of the reasons why our Lord Jesus gave Himself for us is that we might be zealous of good works" (Titus 2:14).

W. Gustafson