So sang singer Tony Christie in 1970 on his popular recording of the song “Las Vegas” written by Mitch Murray and Peter Callander.
It is unusual for us to praise a secular song but the lyrics in this song describe Las Vegas, a city notorious for gambling, vice and drugs, with phenomenal clarity. Read the lyrics and see if you agree with the description of Sin City (Las Vegas)
“The Lord above made the world for us, but the devil made Las Vegas
Oh Las Vegas, you’ll be the death of me,
City of sin oh what a mess I’m in
Look what you’ve done to me
Oh Las Vegas I’m losing everything
Why do I stay when every game I play
I just get deeper in
Hey Las Vegas can nothing save us from you?
Night after night watching the wheels go round
Hey Las Vegas the devil gave us to you
One of these days I’m gonna burn you down
One black Sunday I came to visit you
Just for a day to pass some time away
And shoot a game or two
Oh Las Vegas that was a year ago
What can I do, you’ve got me hooked on you
And I can never go” (Lyrics end)
These lyrics call to mind the Bible verses in Proverbs 6 verses 27 and 28
“Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?
Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?”
In 1 Timothy chapter 6 and verse 10 we read,
“For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”