PONTIUS PILATE POSTS TO HIS WEBLOG
(John 18: 33-37 (38a))
Had someone before me today
who some claimed
that he claimed
to be a king.
Some kind of Jewish messiah.
He did say he had a kingdom,
but one “not from this world”.
For a moment – a moment of weakness –
I wondered what that could mean, and if,
whatever it meant, it could be true.
Or partly true, or, of course, not true at all.
But then I remembered
I don’t care much about truth –
though lies can be a really useful tool.
But I don’t believe
that much truth really matters.
What matters is domination.
Power, however you keep it.
The legions I command.
The fear I can inspire.
The crosses I can nail my enemies to.
So who cares what kind of kingdom
this Jesus fellow has –
not I, unless
it comes backed up with swords.
He’s on a cross right now.
As I write this, he’s dying.
I doubt for him
could matter more.
Copyright ©2018 by Andrew King