Matthew 27: 20-23. “But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus. The governor answered and said unto them, Whether of the twain will ye that I release unto you? They said, Barabbas. Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, Let Him be crucified. And the governor said, Why, what evil hath He done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let Him be crucified.”
What an ugly mob this has turned out to be!
Pilate knew in his heart the Jesus was not guilty of death, and he offered them Barabbas instead. But the chief priests and elders had been worming their way through the crowd, whispering, stirring up what I like to think of as the low-information voters. Their leaders were filling their empty heads with lies, and they were becoming bloodthirsty. It was as if Satan had entered every heart in the multitude, turning them from the praising, worshipful crowd that had welcomed Jesus into Jerusalem into a lynch mob. They wanted His blood.
They needed His blood, actually. They just didn’t know it.
So the cries of “Cruciy Him!” became a chant, a roar, thundering for the death of the innocent and demanding release of the guilty.
Weren’t there any standing there who were horrified at the proceedings? Possibly. But they were too quiet to be heard. And because they had no voice, they were irrelevant. Any time people won’t speak up for righteousness, they are irrelevant. It’s not helpful at all to be a part of the silent majority. The silent majority stood mutely by while Jews were fed into gas chambers in Hitler’s Germany. They refused to believe it even when the stench of the ovens blanketed their villages. The world stands silently today while Christians are losing their lives in horrendous ways in the march of radical Islam. We shake our heads, we even cry tears of pity and outrage, But as a country, we are silent.
Silent dissenters are irrelevant.