I have just returned from a speaking engagement in Las Vegas. I have been there before and it is not my favorite place. Some of the shows are quite good; others are raunchy. The atmosphere is, well, evil. They don't call it "Sin City" for nothing.
I saw a woman on the street passing out ads for prostitutes. Prostitution is legal there. A large vehicle promoted "hot babes" who will come to your hotel if you call. T-shirts at one hotel said "Sin City" and "I am a sinner." That one is right for whoever buys it. We all are sinners. Some repent and are saved by grace through faith in Christ; others continue in and flaunt their sin, as many do in Las Vegas.
There is a lot of public drunkenness and then of course the gambling, or gaming as they like to call it these days. Less judgmental, you know.
There is a Christian presence in Las Vegas, but much of it exists in a vast arena of darkness, a holding room for the condemned. My wife and I were glad to get out.
While there may be other opportunities to speak in Las Vegas, it is not a place I look forward to visiting any time soon.
I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.
Publication date: May 21, 2012