January 21, 2005
Like many Americans, I mourn the passing of Johnny Carson.
I never met him, though I "met" him most nights between my feet in bed.
He was a comic genius and he made it all look so easy.
I don't so much mourn him for what might have been.
He was 79 and had it all - wealth, fame and many friends and admirers.
I mourn for what he might have been.
Comedian Don Rickles said "where he is now" he knows how many people loved him.
Where he is now?
There can be only one of two places.
The tragedy would be if Johnny Carson died unconverted.
Jesus said, "what shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?"
Johnny Carson gained much of what the world has to offer; more than most people ever dream.
Yet, if he lost his soul, he lost everything.
All of the money, fame and friends he left behind.
What matters now is where he is and that is a place.
That place, whether heaven by the work of Christ, or hell by his rejection of Christ, is where he will be for all eternity.
I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C. Watch his television show, After Hours with Cal Thomas, on the Fox News Channel, Saturdays at 11 p.m. Eastern Time.