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5/11/17 at 12:10 AM 0 Comments

Can a Practicing Christian Enjoy a Vacation in Las Vegas?

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Everyone knows the catchphrase: What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.

But what exactly is happening in Vegas?

Here’s a short list of what is legal in Nevada:

  • Gambling
  • 24-Hour Alcohol Service
  • Prostitution
  • Recreational Marijuana

As upstanding Christians, we face a constant barrage of immoral influences. Even in our daily lives, where we make our homes and places of work as reflective of our values as possible, we still cannot fully shut out the world.

So how does a Las Vegas vacation fit into a Christian lifestyle?

For some, it doesn’t, and never will. Staunch conservatives avoid Sin City as part of their personal code of ethics, which is completely fine if it fits their observances.

Others take a softer approach, allowing themselves to enjoy the city for the modern marvel it truly is, without partaking in the vice and sin for which Las Vegas is famous.

If you’re an active Christian and have been considering taking a trip to Las Vegas, there are a few factors you need to consider.

1: The bars and casinos never close. This means that you will be around people who are drinking and gambling at every hour of the day. This includes outside, where open container laws allow tourists to drink on the streets and in taxis.

2: Smoking is allowed in all bars and casinos. While Vegas passed laws to keep smoking out of restaurants, bars that serve food simply walled the area between the bar and the kitchen, skirting the law and allowing their patrons to continue smoking indoors. All casinos allow smoking indoors. Remember this if you’re at all sensitive to tobacco smoke.

3: Recreational marijuana is legal. New laws let anyone over the age of 21 purchase, carry, and consume marijuana. While consuming marijuana is limited to a person’s home, the millions of tourists that visit the city annually don’t have a home. Their hotel room is their temporary home, and you can be sure marijuana users are smoking it in their hotel rooms. Recreational marijuana is an especially important issue to consider if you’re traveling with impressionable young children.

So, what’s a Christian to do when faced with these challenges?

There are ways to enjoy Las Vegas without having to be fully inundated with the city’s vices.

Here are a few tips to have the most rewarding time in Las Vegas:

1: Don’t stay on the Strip. There are dozens of off-Strip hotel-casinos that offer the same guest amenities without all of the craziness that comes with being on Las Vegas Boulevard. As a bonus, these properties offer rewards to their guests. These rewards are usually earned by gambling, but they are also given for shopping, dining, and entertainment purchases.

2: Enjoy the natural and historical wonders of Las Vegas. Not everything worth doing in Vegas is found in the casinos. You can visit Mt. Charleston, Red Rock Canyon, and Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam for starters. You can visit the local museums and historical sites. You can even take in cultural and sporting events, all located off-Strip.

3: Plan your worship services before you leave. Social media and the internet allow us to connect with each other in miraculous ways. A few moments on your computer and you’re sure to find a place of worship to attend while in Las Vegas.

As with everything in life, Las Vegas offers both positives and negatives. Only you can decide if a Vegas vacation is right for you.

Hopefully, this article helps you determine for yourself if a Vegas vacation fits with your Christian lifestyle.

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