“But with loud shouts they insistently demanded that He be crucified, and their shouts prevailed. So Pilate decided to grant them their demand.” (Luke 23:23-24)
This verse alone disproves the idea of majority rules. Why? Because the majority isn’t always right. It doesn’t matter if you’re in the minority or in the majority. What matters is truth. You see, there are absolute truths! The enemy (Satan) is powerless when a group of people is living in the truth of God’s word. When we back away from the truth, we open ourselves to the power of his lies and deceptions. During the last couple days of Jesus’ life, Satan used the mob mentality of the religious leaders to bring everything to a boiling point. How else does one go from dealing with a peaceful teacher to wanting Him crucified and dead?
Pilate tried repeatedly to release Jesus but finally gave in to the pressure of the mob. He wasn’t willing to risk any more unrest. But more important, when he had the opportunity to talk to Jesus about the truth, he didn’t. We need to assess the circumstances of our lives through the lens of absolute truths. We need to filter everything through truths of the word of God. Whether we are in the place of authority, like Pilate, or just a member of the crowd, we need to see things properly or things will get bad really quickly.
Remember, it doesn’t matter how loud or how large a group is. What matters is whether it is speaking the truth.