Voting for Pontius Pilate
On a spring Good Friday morning nearly two thousand years ago, Jesus Christ told a representative of the powerful Roman government that his kingdom was not of this world, and that he had been born to “bear witness unto the truth.” Pilate responded, “What is truth?” The skeptical and relativist Pilate earned himself a permanent place on the lips of Christians ever since: “Suffered under Pontius Pilate” reads the Apostles’ Creed; “Crucified under Pontius Pilate” reads the Nicene Creed. His politically expedient judgment resulted in the shedding of the Blood of the Innocent One. A day has not gone by in two thousand years when his name, and his dishonor, have not been publicly remembered.
Today, all those having public authority must answer the same question. If they do not, or . . .