Then the chief priests and the Pharisees called a meeting of the Sanhedrin…
Then one of them, named Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, spoke up, “You know nothing at all! You do not realize that it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish.” (John 11:47, 49-50 NIV)
In this year of American mid-term elections, with the balance-of-political-power on the line, we should expect wild, even outlandish statements. Polls are now showing Republicans favored to win back the U.S. Senate and build on their sizable majority in the House of Representatives. Seven weeks is a political eternity and much can happen, yet Democrats feel an ill-wind blowing.
With recent polls showing a likely Democrat loss of the Senate by, for example, The New York Times and Washington Post (62% and 53% respectively), the former House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, took to the air predicting a catastrophe of epic proportions—if Republicans win the Senate, that is.
In her interview seen live on Real Time with Bill Maher, Friday, September 12th, the high priestess of U.S. politics, Ms. Pelosi cautioned the world, “Civilization as we know it today will be in jeopardy if Republicans take back the Senate.”
The comparison of Nancy Pelosi and Caiaphas, the high priest behind the Jews’ plan to crucify Jesus, is not far-fetched. Once Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, the Jewish authorities had legitimate concerns. The people were running after Jesus. The power structure was witnessing a shift; therefore, a potential loss of position. Jesus was a greater threat to the Temple elite than their Roman occupiers.
Desperate times demand desperate measures. That’s why Caiaphas, and Ms. Pelosi, spoke up with attention-getting warnings. Those with everything to lose had to know what was at stake.
Out of their mouths came prophecy. History shows that Caiaphas was correct in what he said. As John in his Gospel declared, “He [Caiaphas] did not say this on his own.” (John 11:51 NIV)
Soon we will realize that Nancy Pelosi was right as well. The end of the status quo is near! The House Minority Leader has not spoken on her own. The high priest and his contemporary counterpart foresaw the inevitable. What Caiaphas failed to acknowledge, however, was God’s hand against him, and then repent. Time is running out but maybe it’s not too late for Ms. Pelosi.