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Would Jesus gamble?

As Chicago readies to undertake a vast expansion of gambling -- that is, if the governor goes along -- a pastor asks, "Hey, what does God think of all this gambling stuff?" Much as though he were shaking the Magic 8 Ball, the answer seems to be: "Answer unclear ... NOW CONTINUE WORSHIPPING ME!"

Ultimately, all of us have to make a judgment about our ability to moderate our intake of the material world around us. Just as some people can have a glass of wine with dinner – and stop before you end up lying naked in your tent like Noah – some people can stick to the annual “vacation” to the casino to have some fun.

As a longtime journalist in Southern Nevada, native Las Vegan Andrew Kiraly has served as a reporter covering topics as diverse as health, sports, politics, the gaming industry and conservation. He joined Desert Companion in 2010, where he has helped steward the magazine to become a vibrant monthly publication that has won numerous honors for its journalism, photography and design, including several Maggie Awards.