38. Do not compromise like Pilate did

I read the part in the Bible again of how Jesus stood trial before Pilate the Roman Governor and I realized again how many chances he had to release Jesus and not give in to the pressure put on him.

Historical records indicate that the Jews had already threatened to lodge a complaint against Pilate for his stubborn infringement of their traditions, even before they brought Jesus to him. Such a complaint could lead to his recall to Rome. He also had to maintain peace in the region and if a riot was to erupt he could lose his job. So at the stage when they brought Jesus to him, his job was already in a shaky position.

Now Pilate immediately realized that Jesus was innocent and that the Jewish leaders were only jealous of Him. Not only did he realize it, his wife also warned him not to crucify Jesus as she had a dream that He was innocent. So Pilate knew that the right thing to do was to let Jesus go. There was no question about that.

But the Jewish leaders had incited the crowd to ask that Jesus be crucified. Now Pilate tried a couple of things to release Him. First he had Jesus flogged, as he thought that that would appease the crowd and they would be happy that He was punished. But that didn't work, they yelled even louder that He should be crucified. Next he asked them to choose between Barabbas and Jesus to be released hoping that they would say that Jesus should be released, but that didn't work either. Then he took Jesus back into the headquarters and tried to talk to Him and also tried to release Him. But this failed too. Then he tried to argue with the Jewish leaders and reason with them, but it was then that they threatened to report him to Caesar. This frightened him, as his job was more important to him than his conscience. He finally relented, but he washed his hands in water declaring that Jesus' blood was in their hands and not on his. But that was just to make himself feel better, the fact of the matter was that Jesus' blood was also on his hands.

Pilate compromised on what he knew was right. He buckled under pressure. His job was more important to him than his integrity. It was more important to him than having peace in his heart that he did the right thing. He would go down in history as the one who couldn't take a stand for what was right.

And it is the same with us. Do not compromise when everyone is doing something that you know is not right. Do not compromise when you are pressured to make a decision at work you know is not the right thing to do. Do not compromise when everyone is watching a movie that is questionable. Do not wash your hands and walk away from a situation where you could have made a difference. Do not take the easy way out, stand for what is right regardless of the cost. Even just being inactive in a situation you know is not right, is sin.

James 4:17 "Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it."

God will be proud of you if you take a stand and bless you accordingly. You will have peace in your heart that surpasses all understanding and you will be in right standing with God. Is that not the most important thing?

Lord help us to be strong, help us to stand up for what is right. We want to please You more than anyone else, You are our God and Savior and we love You. Amen

2 comments for “38. Do not compromise like Pilate did”

  1. Gravatar of Madel FourieMadel Fourie
    Posted Friday, March 23, 2012 at 11:23:52 AM

    Thanks for the reminder not to compromise!

  2. Gravatar of RonelleRonelle
    Posted Friday, March 23, 2012 at 2:54:03 PM

    It is good to be reminded that knowing what is right, and NOT doing it, is also sin!

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