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The Roman governor, Pilate, found that Jesus had done nothing wrong. Yet, he authorized Jesus` crucifixion to please the crowd. Can you explain why people put popularity above doing what is right?
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The Roman governor, Pilate, found that Jesus had done nothing wrong. Yet, he authorized Jesus` crucifixion to please the crowd. Can you explain why people put popularity above doing what is right?
Given the rather brutal reputation of Pilate among the Jews and even secular historians a question that has been raised by various scholars regarding Pilate is: why does he appear so fair-minded regarding Jesus and so determined to let Him go free? Pilate not only is uncooperative with the Jewish leaders who at first expect him to essentially rubber stamp their verdict (Jn. 18:30), but also declares Christ to be innocent of any wrong on three separate occasions (Jn. 18:38, 19:4, 6). But tragically for Pilate he gave in to the majority of Jews who wanted their Messiah crucified. He handed the Savior over to crucifixion not knowing that his name would forever be tied to this despicable, cowardly deed. Pilate ultimately was not interested in truth or justice but rather with pleasing his constituents and Caesar his taskmaster. This incident is a strong indictment against raw democracy where the voice of the majority takes precedence over the rule of law. Indeed, Pilate reminds one of modern American politicians who have no Christian religious principles or ethical absolutes whatsoever. For them, the voice of the people is the voice of God. When civil magistrates follow the mob instead of Godís law-Word then the state progressively becomes a terror to righteous people. Democracy has always resulted in anarchy followed by totalitarianism; for, given the choice between anarchy and a strong man people choose the dictator. In a Christian constitutional democracy the law of God is king. There is a genuine rule of law where only Christian (i.e., Trinitarian, Reformed church members in good standing) property owners, who are the covenant heads of families can vote, serve on juries, hold political office or serve as judges. Under such rule people have great liberty from men like Pilate for the laws of Scripture protect them from arbitrary, pragmatic rule where the best of intentions usually result in savage oppression.



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