Swimming Upstream: “Obama, National Debt, Illegal Aliens and Terrorists”


“Ladies and gentlemen, Carnac the Magnificent,” announces the sidekick, as a turbaned man steps through the curtains, onto the stage.  He turns left, realizes his error and then spins around, heading over to the desk. On the way, he trips slightly, but catches himself, before sitting down.

“Welcome, old great sage, it’s good to see you,” says the sidekick, sitting in front of the desk. “I hold in my hand the envelope which is hermetically sealed and has been kept in a mayonnaise jar on Funk and Wagnalls’ porch since noon.

Carnac jerks his head. “Hermetically sealed?”

The side-kick nods. “Yes, and no one knows the question contained in this envelope except you in your border-line mystical way. You will ascertain the answer before even hearing the question which is in this envelope. An amazing feat, but true, right?”

“Could you repeat that?” says Carnac, shaking his head in unbelief. “No…yes, of course it is.”

“Here’s the envelope,” says the sidekick, handing it to Carnac.

“May I have absolute silence,” whispers Carnac. He holds the envelope to his head for a moment and closes his eyes in deep meditation.

Then, he says, “The answer is: Obama, national debt, illegal aliens and terrorists.”

“Obama, national debt, illegal aliens and terrorists,” repeats the side-kick in a matter of fact tone.

Carnac looks around, wondering where the voice came from. The side-kick points to himself. Carnac rips open the envelope, blows into it  and removes a sheet of paper.

Then, he reads it aloud.  “And the question is: how will the Lord remove apathy and lethargy from the American church?”

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28)

(And of course, I borrowed the idea for this post from the Carnac Magnificent routines on The Tonight Show, performed by Johnny Carson and Ed McMahon.)

Swimming Upstream appears at this blog site on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. It’s  a little of this and a little of that, all written  to encourage and exhort believers in their Christian journeys.


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4 responses to “Swimming Upstream: “Obama, National Debt, Illegal Aliens and Terrorists”

  1. I’m studying Romans right now, and wasn’t liking it at first, but as I get deeper in, as so many of Paul’s writings, it is so rich in depth and meaning.

  2. Cindy,

    I agree. Maybe, when we get to heaven, Paul can explain some of his words to us, especially me. I have a few questions about a number of verses.

  3. he certainly wrote and spoke in delibertive tones worthy of the Nobel for literature, leaving many versus open to thought provoking interpretation… do you suppose, however that might be what he intended/ what God intended. If it all spelled out like the law in easy format, it wouldn’t leave the freedom of the literature in the gospel.

    Law and Gospel… I think God engages us to seek the difference and the balance personally… I study the Bible in a fourfold fashion: Historically, Literary, Theologically and Devotionally. This gives it a more meaningful truth for me, drinking in the ideals internally.

    And in Heaven, I look forward to meeting him, but will have few questions, just a big thank you.

  4. Cindy,

    I believe that Paul wrote as inspired by God. And because of that assumption, I think the Lord wants us to seek Him on scriptural meanings, and not use the Bible, especially the New Testament, as Law.

    Sadly, most of us would rather follow Laws, rather than seek the Lawgiver.

    I, too, try to read the Bible in more than one fashion, especially context and history. One of the best books on studying the NT is “The Untold Story” by Frank Viola.

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