Continuing with the trial of Jesus, Luke 23:1-12 explains that the Jewish council brought Jesus before Pilate. Since Pilate was the Roman governor of Judea, the charge they brought before him was subverting the nation; opposing payment of taxes to Caesar along with claiming to be king. We know that the accusation about opposing payment of taxes is false from reading Luke 20:22-25 when Jesus said, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”
Pilate was a Roman governor and didn’t want to get involved in finding Jesus guilty because it would be risky for his political future. Also, he thought Jesus was innocent anyway so he didn’t immediately make a judgment. Instead, he sent Jesus to Herod who was the ruler of Galilee. Herod was the man who had murdered John the Baptist (vv. 6-7).
But Herod had heard many things about Jesus and was looking forward to meeting Him. The chief priests and scribes continued to accuse Jesus so like most politicians, Herod ended up torn between doing what was popular and doing what was right. He didn’t lead at all so rather than make a decision, he sent Jesus back to Pilate.
A leader has to know when to speak up and have the courage to make a stand and when to stay silent. Politicians seem to want to stay silent. Look at politicians today … they make decisions based on popularity rather than by leading and doing what is right.
But it is the same in any leadership role like leader of a group, an employee, or as a parent. There are times when Christians need to tell it like it is and stop trying to cover for those who are just wrong. It will come back and make us look like the one that’s wrong.
Father God, this day with You we pray for the ability to have good judgment about right and wrong and to have the courage to state what we believe is right. Not what is popular or what we think our boss wants to hear but what is accurate. Amen!