Simon wanted to now only be a part of this movement, but to have some special ability that would once again push him into prominence.
To use this movement to facilitate his career.
How many political candidates do you see in commercials carrying the biggest black Bible you’ve ever seen?
Why is this? Because they know it shows them in a better light, and this is what Simon was looking for.
Not every candidate is doing this out of insincerity, but according to the Huffington Post in 2017 (no friend to Christians) there are no open atheists holding a position in Congress and only one out of 535 is “unaffiliated”. The article also stated that no avowed atheist has ever entered congress. A few have come out as atheists, but only after they were elected.
Using God’s house as a business opportunity should never happen and if it does, it should be dealt with.
This is what Simon was doing. He thought he could leverage his prominence once again thru this new movement.