Our guilty silence

Re: Verse reading–Matthew 26:47-50, 57-66; 27:11-26 (day seven)

“Pilate took some water and washed his hands before the crowd and said, ‘I am innocent of this man’s blood.’ “–27:24

“In the end we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”–Martin Luther King Jr.

Pilate claimed to be innocent.  Washed his hands in public.  Made a show of it.  But, was he?

Maybe, if sin is only a wrong deed done.  But if avoiding duty and refusing opportunity is also sin, then Pilate has no claim.

“We did not HATE you”, the world will say to Christ on the last day. “But, did you LOVE me?” the King will say, referencing His own command.

“We did not HURT anyone” the defense will continue.  “But did you HELP?  Did you actively and courageously stand and serve?”

Was Pilate innocent?  Not if God EXPECTS of us and DESERVES from us a courageous defense of the truth.


Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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