In a world filled with ironies, I recently saw a TV commercial that has to rank in the top 10 list of ironies. As we are shown scenes of happy people enjoying the many fun and exciting activities in the city of Las Vegas (also known as "Sin City"), the background music playing is the classic gospel song entitled "This Little Light of Mine".
Of course the goal of this commercial is to encourage people, especially gamblers, to come back to Las Vegas. It is no surprise that the number of Las Vegas visitors has temporarily decreased following the horrific mass shooting where hundreds were hurt and 59 died.
As I write this, they still haven't determined a motive for this evil act that destroyed the lives of so many innocent people and, at least for a few days, is hurting the economy of "Sin City". We may never know the specific motive, but we do know the underlining cause... It is a sick, sinful heart! The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; Who can understand it? (Jeremiah 17:9)
Not only did this man have a sick, sinful heart that is opposed to God, but everyone of us are born with this same godless, sinful nature; As it is written, there is none righteous, not even one; there is none who understands, there is none who seeks for God; All have turned aside, together they have become useless; There is none who does good, there is not even one. (Romans 3:10)
Ironically, the only answer to this sin problem and sick, sinful hearts in Las Vegas and everywhere else in the world, is for us Christians to let our light shine, proclaiming the life changing gospel message of our Lord Jesus Christ. As Jesus told His disciples; "You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they might see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16)Maranatha!