Last week it was announced that talk show host Larry King is retiring. For those of you who don't know Larry, he has a nightly interview show on the CNN network. He has interviewed presidents, heads of state, famous celebrities, etc. His show has been on for 25 years, and he has conducted over 40,000 interviews. When it gets close to 9 P.M. and people say, "I wonder who Larry has on tonight?", no explanation is needed. All these pictures were snapped by me from our T.V. Larry King's show opener is a big microphone, not pictures or videos of himself. And the big microphone sits on his desk at all times. But he has lost nearly half his audience this year, and is likely stepping down before he gets fired. You see, Larry has become something from another age, and that would be a gentleman. He does not confront celebrities and politicians with accusations and hardball questions, nor does he pry into their lives unduly. He talks slowly and makes them feel at ease, never prying too much. But people no longer want this soft, homey approach. His replacement will likely be an overblown youngster who wants to get answers even though his guests may squirm in embarrasment and stutter helplessly. This new type of interviewer wants to make a name for himself and be the star of the show instead of his guest, though he will say that he just wants answers. But just maybe we don't need all the answers in order to appease someone's ego. Maybe once in a while, it's good to return to a kinder, gentler time.
"Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God."
Eph. 4:32, 5:1,2