From my reading in Luke 23:1-25 in the One Year New Testament.
Pilate was an insecure leader.
He feared what the crowds thought so much that he was willing to crucify Jesus, even though he found no fault in him.
The reason he found no fault in him was because there was no fault to be found! Jesus was the only person who was 100% innocent, because he never sinned.
Three times Pilate tried to get out of the pickle he found himself in but the crowds demanded Jesus be crucified.
“But the mob shouted louder and louder, demanding that Jesus be crucified, and their voices prevailed.” Luke 23:23
Their voices prevailed.
The crowd was able to convince a leader to go against his conscious and murder an innocent man.
I think all leaders struggle with this issue on some level. We want the people we lead to be happy.
But when a leader cares more about what his followers think than what God thinks, sin is not far away.
Even if you are not a “leader” per say, it is still common for us to let the crowds control us. Often our “crowd” is on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.
Whose “like” are you more worried about?
God’s or the people on Facebook?
I am challenged to not let myself be drawn away from what God wants me to do in order to please the crowds.
When a leader is set free from the slavery of pleasing the masses, they can get on with pleasing the one who really matters!
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