Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.
Acts 3:6 (KJV)
Does anyone else find that “silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee” thing suspect?
I mean, it’s all well and good to make the lame to walk and such, but that won’t buy a tank of gas at the Texaco station. Which do you think a homeless guy wants from DrHGuy: (A) A couple of bucks or (B) An interpretation of his dream (“It’s about sex”)?
Or try pulling that stunt with your friendly neighborhood loan shark: “I haven’t got the $3,000 I owe you but, tell you what, how about I do my dynamite impersonation of Donald Trump for you, and we call it even, OK?”
Good luck with that.
Besides, if you’re a saint, performing miracles is what you do, so why not raise the dead and pull a few coins out of a hat?
I have to wonder if Peter wasn’t the kind of dude who, when it was time to pick up the check, always discovered that he left his wallet in his other robe.
By the way, the same goes for those cowpokes about whom Willie Nelson sings,
Cowboys ain’t easy to love and they’re harder to hold
They’d rather give you a song then diamonds or gold1
- From Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys [↩]