During the trial of Jesus Christ just before his crucifixion, Pontius Pilate
gave the people a choice between Jesus the Messiah and Barabbas, a notorious
thief and murderer.
“Which of the two do you want me to release to you”, he asked. “Barabbas”,
the crowd shouted in unison. Pilate then asked, “What shall I do with Jesus,
the Messiah?” The crowd shouted, “Crucify him!”.
This biblical incident is a mirror reflection of what is happening in our
country today. How else do you explain the fact that leaders accused of
corruption and serious economic crimes find it easier to get elected to public
office than people of impeccable record?
Corruption seems like a sure way to get leaders elected to office. They use
that as redemption and insulation against possible prosecution.
We have allowed a morally bankrupt culture to encroach on our public space
where citizens are normalised to accept errant behaviour. Now we hear people
saying things like, “Yes, he is a thief; but he is our thief”.