What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas...Really?

Tony Barnes By Tony Barnes, 10th Sep 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3k_r6nqt/
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People love to say "what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas". But, is that really true?

What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas...Really?

Nuggets of Faith -- February 2007

What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas? Really? Is that statement really true? The military predecessor to that slogan was “Wheels Up, Rings Off”. That statement referred to the practice of some military members leaving for temporary duty removing their wedding rings on the aircraft as it lifted off the runway. As they would socialize after the normal duty day at their temporary location, the absence of a wedding ring changes the social environment. By removing that piece of jewelry, people often feel less accountable to what it signifies.
King David is an interesting study in a reverse fashion. In 1 Samuel 11, we find that King David sent out his armies to battle the Ammonites. The Bible says it was the season when kings normally went off to war. In those days, the leader of a country did not remain behind in a reinforced bunker. Leaders of nations led their nation into battle. Yet, David opted to stay in Jerusalem. He remained behind yet his friends and colleagues were engaged in the military mission. Therefore, David didn’t have his normal accountability network. In the absence of accountability, history shows he had an affair with a beautiful woman named Bathsheeba which brought him great heartache in the long run. He paid dearly for his breach of integrity.
Integrity is a word that is often spoken of in today’s leadership discussions. A mechanical device is said to have integrity if all elements are fully functioning towards the mission of that device. In other words, an air conditioning unit is said to have integrity if the coolant, condenser and other parts are working towards cooling the facility. However, if there is a break in the line and coolant begins to leak out, the air conditioner system has lost its integrity until the fault in the coolant line can be corrected.
With a mechanical device, the integrity of the system can be quickly restored.
However, with the human machine integrity can take years to regain. Would you eagerly hire scandal ridden executives from the Enron Corp. to be the Chief Financial Officer of your company? With an air conditioner you can quickly tell if integrity has been restored, simply enter the room within an hour of the repairs. But, it can take years to trust a human after a breach of integrity. A new pattern of integrity has to be established to totally accept their word without question.
Wheels up, rings off? What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas? Will you throw caution to the wind and just have a little fun? On the surface, it sounds enticing but, the impact of those breaches of trust can destroy families, cause physiological disease and bring a persons integrity into great question. Remember someone has said that integrity is doing the right thing even when no one is looking.


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author avatar Tony Barnes
I am a native Texan who spent 3 years in the Marine Corps Reserves and 25 years on active duty in the Air Force. I have been a Christian since 1985 and am an ordained minister. I am conservative politically and love to study history. I publish a mont...(more)

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author avatar Clarence Schreiber
10th Sep 2011 (#)

Thank you for writing this. It is so true about you said here. Keep spreading the truth.

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author avatar Amruta Jadhav
11th Sep 2011 (#)

Thanks Tony...it is really a very insightful article

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author avatar vpaulose
16th Sep 2011 (#)

Thank you Tony for your interesting detail. Please accept me as your friend.

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