Dark Brightness

Bleak Theology: Hopeful Science

Fit beggars, virtue signals, and a miracle. [Acts 3]

Yesterday we took my mother in law shopping. Easter Tuesday is a university holiday. Along a footpath we saw a young man begging. He was not busking, he was sitting there. He did not get money: I had both hands full with cans of dog food and other things. Besides, in my country we have a social state, and there are shelters and soup kitchens beyond what the state provides.

I do not need to think to know how Paul would react. No work, no eat. I wonder how the beggar Peter healed would feel: he hdd no option but to beg because he was not fit for work, and now he was praising God. Then finding labour to do.

Acts 3:1-10

1One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, at three o’clock in the afternoon. 2And a man lame from birth was being carried in. People would lay him daily at the gate of the temple called the Beautiful Gate so that he could ask for alms from those entering the temple. 3When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked them for alms. 4Peter looked intently at him, as did John, and said, “Look at us.” 5And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them. 6But Peter said, “I have no silver or gold, but what I have I give you; in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, stand up and walk.” 7And he took him by the right hand and raised him up; and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. 8Jumping up, he stood and began to walk, and he entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. 9All the people saw him walking and praising God, 10and they recognized him as the one who used to sit and ask for alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.

The authorities were, as usual, horrified. It is far better that the disabled remain disabled, for they have their place, and their votes can be farmed by us. We can drive them to the elections. We can tell them how to vote. If the disabled leave, or the unemployed find work (which is not easy) and people are freed the authorities lose power. They can no longer use social welfare as a weapon. They have to make up myths to allow their fetish of petty, micro-regulatory fascism.

Progressives are constantly faking hate crimes against themselves in order to punish those who refuse to approve or participate in what they are doing. They can’t live and let live, they have to crush and overpower all dissent. It really makes me wonder why you hear so little about the corrupting effects of sin in churches today. People who sin can become dangerous to people around them, because they seek to stifle out any dissent or disapproval to what they are doing, by any means necessary. Sin can cause intolerance, in short.

We do not hear about sin because our leaders don’t like having the antifa turn up to disrupt their services (again, there is a cure for this: beat the living daylights out of the antifa then return to prayer). They are afraid that the press or politicians may damn them. They forget that neither have moral authority.

It has gone. They are lizard people.

Do not fear them. Do not be them. Do not be like them.