The Politics of Pontius Pilate: How Not to Lead

by Rachel Baker on April 20, 2014

Joshua DuBois at The Daily Beast has an interesting article that takes a look at the Roman Governor and purports to prove that the leaders of today follow many of the same practices as Pontius Pilate. Its a short article, and really the jist of it is this: the more we understand, the easier it would be to be less like Pilate and more like Christ.

We live in an age of Pilate politics.

Pontius Pilate is a familiar figure to many of us, especially on this Easter weekend. He was the Roman governor of Judea and Samaria, tasked with collecting taxes, building roads, and generally maintaining order in the region of the world we now know as the West Bank. Pilate served as a critical part of the Easter story, a vital, brutal, link between Jesus’s life on this earth, and his death on the cross.

The crowds in Judea, goaded on by the Sanhedrin and angered that Jesus would not deny that he was the Son of God, demanded that Jesus be crucified. Pilate—despite his wife’s warnings to the contrary and, according to Matthew’s Gospel, with a fair amount of hesitance—caved to the crowd’s demands. In sending Jesus off to his death, Pilate cemented his place in history as a metaphor for failed leadership; his has become one of those names, like Jezebel, that you wouldn’t think about bestowing on your kids.

But perhaps it’s time to take another look at old Pilate—he may be more like us, and our leaders, than we care to admit.

Here is the article:

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