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”.