And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. I John 4:3.4
Every Evangelical Christian believes that God the Holy Spirit lives inside of them and that he is their teacher and guide. Through the indwelling Spirit they can conqueror Satan and have victory over sin. Christians are overcomers and sin has no power over them. Yet, it seems that once an Evangelical Christian enters the city limits of Las Vegas, Nevada, they lose all power.
The Republican National Committee (RNC), also known as the GOP, God’s Only Party, is working on where to hold the 2016 Republican national convention. Las Vegas is one of the cities they are considering and this is causing Christian Republican cultural warriors to warn the RNC about holding the convention there. According to the Dallas Morning News, Tim Wildmon, president of the American Family Association; Phyllis Schlafly, founder of Eagle Forum; Andrea Lafferty, president of the Traditional Values Coalition; Paul Caprio, director of Family-PAC; and James Dobson, president of Family Talk ministry sent a letter to the RNC objecting to the national convention being held in Las Vegas. Here is some of what they had to say:
“In spite of ‘family-friendly’ outreach in the past decade, Las Vegas remains a metaphor for all things decadent. And looking at the yellow pages, one can see that it still delivers. With 64 pages of escort services and countless gambling casinos, it remains a trap waiting to ensnare.”
“At a time when the base needs to be motivated, this is no time to mute or offend them in any way. It may seem strange, silly even to some that conservatives would object to something that COULD be so innocuous. Surely there are shows and great restaurants and beautiful hotels. … What could possible go wrong? The answer is obvious, and wisdom dictates the chance not be taken.”
“There are several wonderful venues being considered. We are not advocating for any of them. But we urge you to reject Las Vegas and celebrate the vibrancy and strength of the Republican Party in a place not at odds with its values.”
Of course this put the Republicans in an immediate bind with billionaire major contributor Sheldon Adelson. After all, Adelson made a lot of the money he donates to Republicans from his gambling interests in Las Vegas. Adelson, with an estimated wealth of $40.8 billion dollars, is the CEO of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation which operates the Sands Expo and Convention Center and The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino in Las Vegas. (You may remember a recent story about 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls, John Kasich, Scott Walker, Chris Christie and Jeb Bush coming to Las Vegas to kiss the ring of Adelson in hopes of gaining his financial support. All of these men profess to be Christian.)
Andrea Lafferty of the Traditional Values Coalition, ever the hypocrite, quickly stated:
Lafferty of the Traditional Values Coalition emphasized that her opposition to Las Vegas is no reflection on Adelson. “Mr. Adelson is a great man,” she said, noting his commitment to Israel and other causes close to the hearts of many Republicans. She’s bothered by the ready availability of escorts and prostitutes, even if prostitution is illegal in the city. “It’s all over,” Lafferty said. “I can see all the setups that are going to take place. … There are other places that would be great to hold the convention.”
You see the REAL issue is that Christian Republican MEN can’t keep their fly zipped up. As soon as they come anywhere near prostitutes they are powerless to keep from getting their wallet out and charging an hour or two of sexual services to their credit card. (and I am not leaving out Christian Republican women but I do think the biggest worry is over horny Christian Republican men )
That is not the only reason the Republicans would be pretty stupid to go to Vegas for their 2016 convention. At every opportunity the left has decided to fight the GOP by using amateur and professional acquired video of embarrassing moments. Along with moments that could be viewed as hypocrisy, the left and its friends in the media will run story after story about wild and crazy nights in Vegas at the RNC. Good Christian delegates getting drunk, gambling, stuffing dollar bills in strippers’ g-strings, etc. will be the toast of not just MSNBC, but the front page of the New York Times, ABC, CBS, NBC, the Huffington Post, and more.
On top of that, the stories about the GOP bowing before Sheldon Adelson, kissing his ring, and Wall Street fat cats flying into high dollar games with politicos will spoil the story the GOP wants.
In other words, Dickerson doesn’t want the world to see how Christian Republicans really act when they are away from home, away from the watchful eye of their fellow church members and their spouse.
None of this surprises me but it does call into question what Christians say about the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit. Evidently, two drinks, a little T and A time, and the Holy Spirit can’t even get a word in. As an old crusty preacher told a class of young preachers years ago, a stiff prick has no conscience. Evidently, the Republican morality police fear that entering the city limits of Las Vegas will cause many fine, upstanding Christian Republicans to run towards debauchery. It seems that for all their talk of morality and family values, they are no better than us unwashed, uncircumcised Philistines.
Here’s to hoping the RNC chooses Las Vegas. The fallout should be quite entertaining.