“What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” was coined by the tourism committee there. The saying was so popular it was in the newspapers, on billboards, t-shirts, taxis and people’s minds. It has become the most famous of all destination jingles and likewise one of the biggest lies in history. Once adopted, you could feel a change in the air. It lent a false sense of security as folk felt they could do anything and say good-bye to it, when they left to go back home.
Not so fast, nobody can leave sin behind that easy. Unless it is dealt with, it will haunt us like a relentless bounty hunter. The ‘strip’ in “Sin City” was always exciting with the nightly light and fountain shows. And the Fremont Street laser experience was spectacular. Anybody who came to visit us wanted to see it. We carried quite a few folk there. We never partook of the debauchery inside, but enjoyed the food and the many attractions outside.
Years later, we moved back only to find the ‘strip’ totally destroyed by the ‘stays in Vegas’ mentality. You can no longer walk at night without being molested or have wicked things in eye-shot. It used to be the only thing loud was the street preachers, but now they are drowned out and ostracized by hawkers.
I wonder why people take the advice of some talking head, but give no heed to Holy God. God has been in the business of ‘phraseology’ His entire life (eternally). When He speaks it is for the good of mankind; not some evil spew. Do they really think He cannot see them? We used to remind folk that God has night vision. They acted as if they believed the cover of darkness hid their sin. The Bible makes it clear that God is not limited by the framework of His Creation. “Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee” (Ps. 139:7-12).
God does not miss anything. Scripture says in Zec. 4:10, “…they are the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth.” As kids we would say, “You can run, but you can’t hide!”