If you saw the movie “21” or read the book Bringing Down the House, you know what card-counting is. But you might be wondering — aren’t we all — what would’ve happened if all those players were Christian?
That’s what the movie “Holy Rollers” is all about:
Even Christianity Today was intrigued by that premise:
“It doesn’t seem like one of the most noble things a person can do in the world,” one member of the team says in the film. “But at least we can liberate the money from the clutches of those who would use it for ill purposes, you know?”
The team includes not just laypeople, but pastors and worship leaders. The filmmakers were subtle and secretive, managing to get unprecedented footage inside casinos, showing the team at work — and the casino operators who were always on the lookout for card counters, and then “inviting” them (sometimes politely, sometimes not) to leave.
Are you allowed to gamble while saying you follow what the Bible says? Is it theologically sound? That’s one of the questions the film attempts to answer.
For anyone interested, the film is now available to download on iTunes.