Early in the morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people made their plans how to have Jesus executed. So they bound him, led him away and handed him over to Pilate the governor.
Matthew 27: 1 – 2
There is a lot of blame shifting at Jesus’s trial. The religious leaders wanted him dead, but clearly didn’t want the consequences to come back on them. So they dumped him on the Roman Governor hoping he would deal with it. And as we’ll see the Governor, Pilate, will shift blame to the crowds and literally wash his hands of Jesus. These men were all perfectly happy to see Jesus die, they just weren’t willing to have the blood on their hands. So they played their part and then shifted the blame.
So much of the harm in our world comes not from moustache twirling villains, but from people failing to take responsibility. It can be much more convenient for us to turn a blind eye and not rock the boat. It can be hard to make a stand and refuse to go along with something we believe to be wrong. But when we find the courage to do so, we can make a huge difference. Great movements, form the ending of the Slave trade to the abolition of Apartheid all began when people said I won’t turn a turn a blind eye to this anymore, this is my responsibility.
Prayer: God of Justice, give us the courage to stand up for what is right. When others are happy to turn a blind eye, help us to take responsibility for our place in the world and make choices that take into account the needs of others.
Action: How will you use your voice today?