As Jesus continued His journey to the cross, He was betrayed, denied, and unfairly treated. Throughout all this ordeal, the Lord faced constant human failure, constant human neglect, and plenty of on-going pure politics. As Jesus faced Pilate for His official Roman trial, He was confronted with pure politics (Matt. 27:11-26).
Jesus comes face-to-face with a career politician who was rotten to the core! Pilate was a politician and wanted to keep the religious leaders happy, because they had a great influence over the people. These religious leaders made Pilate’s governorship profitable, and he knew that it was envy and jealousy driving this group.
Pilate could also tell that Jesus posed no threat to Rome or to Rome’s power in Judea. He knew that Jesus was innocent and didn’t deserve death. So, Pilate, the clever politician, played pure politics and conducted a trial to satisfy the enemies of Jesus.
This same thing happened in Tennessee when the “Heartbeat Bill” was not voted out of committee. Most of the senators were pressured by more than 14 corporations that support the LGBTQ position to vote against the bill. These special-interest groups freely give hush money, and those voting didn’t want to lose their share! Pilate knew that Jesus was innocent and as the legal judge for the Roman government, he should have declared Jesus innocent and sent Him away. That was the right thing to do. Just as our senators knew the “Heartbeat Bill’ would protect innocent babies from being killed but bowed to political pressure to keep their mouths shut!
Pilate also had the political pressure of Jewish rulers and tried to force the decision of releasing Jesus onto others. This same approach was used by our Lt. Governor, who declared that when Roe vs Wade is decided, we won’t need this bill.
Pilate fell back on a custom that called for the release of a prisoner. This was usually a political prisoner, popular with the people. But Pilate, thinking he is clever, decides to offer the crowd a well-known felon. Barabbas was a plague on any decent society, so Pilate is sure the crowd will seek the release of Jesus, if for no other reason, to keep this criminal in jail. But the crowd didn’t cooperate, just like the voters of Tennessee who called and kept the senator’s phones ringing off the hook in support of this “Heartbeat Bill.”
Pilate, like our senators, avoided doing what was right by forcing the choice onto others (Roe vs Wade and the Supreme Court). The problem is that the power was his, and the decision was his, just as the “Heartbeat Bill” was a decision for TN senators.
Pilate played games with the leaders and the crowd; but in truth, he ought to have released Jesus. The Lt. Governor and many of the senators have played their game; but in truth, they ought to have brought this bill to the full floor for a vote. Instead, they refused to get it out of committee, because of the pressure from special-interest groups (aligned with LGBTQ). Pilate played pure politics and avoided his responsibility to do the right thing. Pilate was guilty, because he failed to be honorable and followed pressure from special-interest groups that had no morals. He pretended to wash his hands, but that did not take away the guilt.
The same is true now. Some can pretend that they are innocent and say it is not in our best interest at this time, but doing what is right is simple. When we have the chance to do good, do it. We as Christians need to stand up and do the right thing. When we stoop to playing pure politics, we cannot stay clean!