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It's Not My Fault!: Another look at events of the Passion Week. This one from Pilate's perspective
Posted by Douglas, Mar 23, 2008. 1618 views. ID = 902

It's Not My Fault!

Posted by Douglas, Mar 23, 2008. 1618 views. ID = 902
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This morning we did a series of monologues about various characters involved in the passion. Mine was Pilate. My script was three lines long and said at the top: "This is only some ideas to get you started. Make the character your own."

So I did.
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Don't look at me like that. It's not my fault; you can't blame me for this. I never asked for this. I never wanted this man in my court, never wanted to stand in judgment over him. It's not my fault.

If you could have been there, if you could have been in the court and listened to how I questioned him, you would know. It's not my fault. Again and again I would ask him for a defense, but he would speak no word on his own behalf. How can you acquit a man when all the witnesses against him insist that he is a traitor against Rome, against the gods, and even against humanity, yet he says nothing in his own defense?

Did I think he was innocent? Yes, I suppose I did. But you can't blame me for this. You don't understand how a mob works, as I do. You don't know that rage that seethes under the surface, waiting to erupt. You don't understand that when the mob is deprived of its victim, it is quick to seek out another.


And that other victim would not have been you.

Would it be right to exchange the life of a Roman governor for the life of a Jewish carpenter?

It's not my fault. I wash my hands of this whole matter. His blood is on their hands, on your hands, but not mine. I wash my hands of him.

Don't look at me like that. It's not my fault.

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This post has been awarded 33 stars by 9 readers.
This post is Part 2 of a writing series titled Perspectives. The next part of this series can be found here: I'm Not Stupid.

Comments


Mathax
Mar 24, 2008
Your right, How can we blame Pilate when we don't know what pressure he was under, And that was part of God's plan
   ~Posted by Mathax, Mar 24, 2008

Douglas
Mar 24, 2008
Interesting idea, Mathiax, but I don't agree with you. Each of us is responsible for the actions we make, no matter how much the strain and stress of the situation.

Remember, this is Fifteen Minutes of Fiction. This isn't an essay about Pilate, it's what I imagine Pilate was thinking.
   ~Posted by Douglas, Mar 24, 2008

Josiah T.
Mar 25, 2008
"...how can we blame Pilate when we don't know what pressure he was under..."

I don't entirely agree with that either. For one thing, we know that Pilate was under a great deal of pressure because the people were beginning to riot. And as a Roman official, if a full blown riot had occurred, he would have been held responsible. So. Yeah. Whatever. :-P
   ~Posted by Josiah T., Mar 25, 2008

pastorjon
Mar 27, 2008
How easy it is for us to justify our actions... if Pilate can justify the execution of an innocent man, is it any wonder that we justify stealing, lying, cheating on taxes, or breaking some seemingly inconsequential traffic law.


   ~Posted by pastorjon, Mar 27, 2008



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