Christian Chronicle

‘I’m a dealer, but I don’t gamble’

Christians in Sin City differ on whether it’s sinful to wager on a game of chance.

By Bobby Ross Jr. | The Christian Chronicle

LAS VEGAS — I hit the jackpot on a recent Sunday.

No, I didn’t win big money at the slot machines or blackjack tables. Since I don’t gamble, that would be impossible.

But I did strike it rich in terms of how to spend the Lord’s Day in Sin City: I enjoyed time in worship and communion with fellow Christians.

“Wow, that’s a big building,” Larry Sullivan, my brother in Christ, said when he arrived at the 30-floor Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino.

Sullivan was driving a North Las Vegas Church of Christ van full of mostly older ladies from the church. They’d added an extra stop to their normal route to pick up this out-of-town visitor from The Christian Chronicle.

I had traveled to the Entertainment Capital of the World for the Religion News Association’s 70th annual meeting at the Westgate. Singer-songwriter Barry Manilow was performing there each night. Sadly, I was busy and missed seeing him.

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This column appears in the online edition of The Christian Chronicle.

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