What Happened In Vegas

The Recovering Legalist

For a long time people have said, “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.” However, I’ve always hated that saying, if for no other reason than that it promotes the false security of hidden sin.

What happened in Vegas last night cannot be hidden, even though what led up to it may never be fully understood. Regardless, the desire to commit wholesale murder is not likely the fruit of a seed planted in tender soil and fertilized with love, forgiveness, and grace.

No, what happened in Vegas was the result of evil taking root, hidden from sight, and allowed to mature. Someone planted seeds; someone watered them; no one could actually conceive what they were growing; but a harvest eventually came.

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. – Galatians 6:7

What happened in Vegas probably didn’t even begin in…

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  1. Very well said. What a tragedy and unfortunately in times of such grief & tragedy we tend to blame God and question “why did this happen?”. But we need to remember that God is what kept so many safe and spared so many. I have a dear friend who says we all have a plan and our time on earth is pre-determined. Do you believe this? I always appreciate hearing your perspective as I have great respect for you.

  2. Thanks! And great thoughts and question!
    It is always a tough thing to respond after a tragedy and atrocity, but it is important to hold on to what is true. And John 17:17 tells us that the Bible is true. Therefore …
    Romans 8:28 and Proverbs 16:4 remi d us that God works everything toward His ultimate goal, so everything is ultimately under His control. This is not to say that He causes evil to happen, but He allows enough freedom for our free will to lead to evil outcomes. It does tell us that He has accounted for our evil actions in His plan.
    This then leads us to know, as Psalm 31:15 and Job 14:5 remind us, God holds all of our days which are numbered and determined.
    Therefore, yes, our time is determined. I would posit, however, that there is an element of our free will that God has given to allow us to play a part in what those days look like!

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