The Jews had nothing to do with the Samaritans. Nothing. They had divorced any foreign wives that they had in the time of Nehemiah, and they considered their bloodline pure. The disciples were shocked when Christ talked to the Samaritan woman. But in this time of persecution, while they were scattered, the apostles reached out to the very people that they had been taught to despise.
And in the process, dealt with the first entryist, the first seed of the weed that is now the anti-racist, anti-homophobia, rainbow social justice warrior. He was a wizard, and his heart was bitter. He claimed to be great.
He was anything but.
14Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them. 15The two went down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit 16(for as yet the Spirit had not come upon any of them; they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus). 17Then Peter and John laid their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit. 18Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was given through the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money, 19saying, “Give me also this power so that anyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.” 20But Peter said to him, “May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain God’s gift with money! 21You have no part or share in this, for your heart is not right before God. 22Repent therefore of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that, if possible, the intent of your heart may be forgiven you. 23For I see that you are in the gall of bitterness and the chains of wickedness.” 24Simon answered, “Pray for me to the Lord, that nothing of what you have said may happen to me.”
25Now after Peter and John had testified and spoken the word of the Lord, they returned to Jerusalem, proclaiming the good news to many villages of the Samaritans.
There is a place for one to use your gifts and talents: as the preacher said on Sunday, you will be held to account for how you have used your gifts. We are to not only redeem our resources but our time for the work of the gospel and to do good.
But there are many who seek power over all. Who see that compromise with the times and days is useful, and only use for their gifts as a perverse form of virtue signalling.
They forget that any power or talent you have is not useful unless it is given for others. Your power is nor for you: it is to advocate for others.
If you cling to it, it dies.
Peter confronted the great, who wanted power. It is said that Simon requested that he was not damned like his money, but it is not said if he repented of his lusf for power.
Beware of those who enter and want to run committees to their agenda. Beware of their codes of conduct, or their wish that you follow process and precedent. Bewware of those who would regulate speech, and call Peter heateful.
Above all, beware of those who want the cognomen “the Great”. They are no ally of the gospel. Do not be them. Do not be like them.