Give us Barabbas!!!
Updated: May 8, 2020
George W. Bush put out a “unity message” over the weekend that seemed to “Unify” toddlers from both sides of the aisle. The type of people who now fondly remember Barack Obama or George W. Bush were touched by his “class” or “gentle spirit” or whatever bullshit their Rorschach Test/benign spirit animal is leading them to, via Fox News or MSLSD.
Illegal wars, crashed economies, failed banking and healthcare systems matter not. As long as the “Consoler in Chief” sends out nice tweets, all is well with Imperialism and her related bastard cronies.
People are not unique…
Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor charged with his grim decision of the fate of Christ, hedged his bets and let the people choose. See, Jesus still had a shot at the end. When faced with a decision to execute the murderer of Roman guards or the guy who did free catering for 5,000, made water into wine and rose a dude from the dead, with no health insurance, the "people" chose the cop killer. Apparently, the campaign against Jesus worked. He should have tweeted sweeter things…
So, it wasn't the Jews or the Romans who killed the guy, it was the "people." Because the people are stupid, vacuous sheep, and they didn't even have TV!
I don't have a dog in this fight and hell, the story probably isn't even true but the reaction sure is. We do it all the time. Look at who you're supposed to hate or love in the public arena. Who told you that? Why do we forgive the other guy? Call out the failures of spirit animals at your peril. The mob is a cruel mistress.
Think about that as we move through our latest challenges. How easy it is to "miss" mass murdering criminal maniacs, ignoring their sins because the current maniac is uglier, while committing the same sins.
…and just for fun, let’s look at how little we changed…
Here’s the scene from the book of Matthew, Ch. 27 v. 15-26:
15 Now at the feast the governor was accustomed to release for the people any one prisoner whom they wanted.
16 At that time they were holding a notorious prisoner, called Barabbas.
17 So when the people gathered together, Pilate said to them, “Whom do you want me to release for you? Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?”
18 For he knew that because of envy they had handed Him over.
19 While he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent him a message, saying, “Have nothing to do with that righteous Man; for last night I suffered greatly in a dream because of Him.”
20 But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowds to ask for Barabbas and to put Jesus to death.
21 But the governor said to them, “Which of the two do you want me to release for you?” And they said, “Barabbas.”
22 Pilate *said to them, “Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” They all *said, “Crucify Him!”
23 And he said, “Why, what evil has He done?” But they kept shouting all the more, saying, “Crucify Him!”
24 When Pilate saw that he was accomplishing nothing, but rather that a riot was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this Man’s blood; see to that yourselves.”
25 And all the people said, “His blood shall be on us and on our children!”
26 Then he released Barabbas for them; but after having Jesus scourged, he handed Him over to be crucified.
Give us Barabbas! We'd take him again in a Bethlehem minute.