I have watched “Larry King Live” for years. He has been accused of throwing of softball questions, but I have always enjoyed listening to him. In a recent article about him in the New York Times there was much discussion about what is left for Larry King besides checking out of life. King is an atheist; however, like so many he is fascinated by people of faith. The following excerpt from an interview with Carlos Santana I found to be very intriguing:
Over the quarter-century that he hosted ‘‘Larry King Live,’’ King was always asking his guests, ‘‘What do you think happens when we die?’’ I saw him ask that of the ageless guitarist Carlos Santana. Santana said that upon expiration, he expected to merely enter a different room and then receive a standing ovation from the likes of John Coltrane and John Lee Hooker. ‘‘So you believe they’re somewhere?’’ King asked. Yes, Santana was certain. ‘‘What makes you believe that?’’ King wondered. ‘‘You can’t prove it.’’ Santana suggested that faith ‘‘is acceptance of things not seen.’’
I had to laugh and almost give thanks for the faith testimony of an aging rocker. Hey, no one knows what heaven is like – we only have metaphors and promises from Jesus and the Book of Revelation. It would be nice, after I die, for me to walk into a room and see the likes of people I know give me a round of applause. Why not? It beats looking forward to being food for worms.
If you want to live with metaphors, old Carlos Santana gives us a good one. “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”