I just got back from a weekend in Las Vegas.
I have 2 older sisters, and the middle one, Sara, was having a milestone birthday (no numbers Sara!) and wanted to do something fun. So a sisters+spouses Vegas trip was planned practically a year in advance: tickets were purchased, hotels were booked, and sitters for 5 kids in three states were arranged (thanks sitters!)
As the trip got closer I realized that we planned our trip during Lent. And it was remarked to me: “Vegas during Lent should be interesting.”
And that really got me thinking. What would it be like to go to “Sin City” during the season of Lent?
This was my first time going to Vegas, but if I had to guess, I would say that going during Lent is like going any other time of the liturgical year.
See, Vegas is an illusion. It is no more of a sin city than New York or Chicago or Houston. Certainly no more of a sin city than Cypress and only slightly more expensive.
Vegas is certainly flamboyant. And flashy. But “Sin City”?
There isn’t anything happening in Vegas that doesn’t happen everywhere else. Addiction. Prostitution. Excess upon excess. Despite the slogan, “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas”, it’s all so out in the open there. Honestly, the secrecy and shame that exists beyond the Vegas zip code is more scary. We snub our noses at Vegas when we buy more food than we can eat and live in houses that are bigger than we need. I’m not saying that Vegas- and what happens there- is better than where we call home. I’m just saying it isn’t worse.
So Vegas in Lent? Not all that different than where I live to tell the truth.
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