Matthew 27:24 “When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.”

Based on the demands of the people, Pilate pardoned Barabbas instead of Jesus. He then washed his hands and declared his own innocence, though the only innocent one was given a death sentence. Pilate willingly abdicated his responsibility, neglecting to use his power to release Christ. His conscience was soothed by his half-hearted attempt to save the Saviour, but make no mistake, Pilate was guilty of Jesus’ death. It happened on his watch.

As America diverges from the principles of Christ, Christians are washing our hands and declaring our own innocence. We are satisfied that our nation’s death sentence has been declared by others, while willingly abdicating our responsibility to do something about it. Our consciences are soothed by our half-hearted attempts to save our nation, but make no mistake, we are guilty of what happens to America. It is happening on our watch.

PLEASE PRAY FOR A RENEWED SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY AMONG CHRISTIAN AMERICANS. We can’t sit back and wash our hands. Instead, we must engage with all our strength and the power of God through prayer. We can’t be satisfied with cleansing our hands and then throwing them up into the air. Doing so doesn’t make us innocent. It actually insures our guilt.

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