“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.)
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