Allegheny Valley Church Of God
A Sucker Born
Just recently my wife and I took a road trip across our country. We left home right after church on a Sunday and made it to Keystone, S.D. by Tuesday. We stayed there a couple of days and decided to take in the Grand Canyon. All in all we put about 5000 miles on the car and had a great time. Thank God for digital cameras.
We traveled through the plains and the plateaus, the grasslands of Wyoming and the Rockies of Colorado, the redlands of South East Utah and the painted desert of Arizona. There was one thing that we saw in common in almost all those places: casinos.
Some were operated by native Americans, others by corporations who specialize in finding ways to part the sucker and his money. I don't believe there was one state that did not have some kind of legalized casino gambling. I won't go into all the negatives of legalized gambling, there are plenty of places you can get that data. Here's one I found that's pretty good.
On Friday night we had just left Denver and were driving on I-70 through the Rockies. We were looking for a place to stay and the GPS (bless it's heart) directed us to a hotel about 10 miles out of the way called "Gold Rush." When I checked in the girl said, "Shuttle starts at 6." Wasn't quite sure what she meant until we tried to find a restaurant. Up the road was a city called Central City and was literally wall to wall and door to door casinos. Big ones, little ones, all over the place. We eventually found a little store and bought some sandwiches to take back to the hotel. That's when I bothered to read the sign on the place.
Everything a gambler needs. A room, a liquor store, a pawn shop, and a place that dispenses medicinal marijuana. That's right, got a script, get a joint. Colorado recently legalized the use of recreational marijuana, so I don't know if there was an overlap or not. If it would have been 30 years ago I probably would have tried to find out.
Now this may surprise you, but I am in favor of medicinal marijuana. If I had a chronic condition I would much rather smoke a joint than take an oxy contin. I believe that if people can get them, and Vicodin and valium and any other number of addictive pain killers why shouldn't they be able to get marijuana? I am totally against the legalization of pot for recreational purposes. Look at all the devastation alcohol causes. Why do we need another legal drug?
But what strikes me about this whole scene is that it verifies what a good friend of mine has been saying for years: "Eventually, every sin will be legalized in order to make money." True prophecy. That's why they call it "sin tax."
We've been suckered in this nation to accept the fact that sin is ok if it pays off. In reality, it will eventually cost more than it brings in, but that's for a future generation to worry about. As long as we got ours, that's the way it goes.
Jesus said it: When iniquity abounds the love of many will wax cold. We're living in a nation that has abandoned it's faith in a higher power and we're paying the price. Put your trust in Jesus and follow his ways. Love not the world, nor the things that are in the world because they are the enemy of God. Don't be a sucker and fall for Satan's lure of fast money when his real intent is to steal, kill and destroy.
That's my story and I'm sticking to it!