Passivity is a general problem in human nature, especially in our culture. Sometimes people are passive just because they don’t place a great deal of importance on something. Other times, we are passive because it takes less courage to not make a decision than to have to make one either way. Pilate was unwilling to make a clear and firm decision about Jesus. Pilate questioned him and found him innocent. Eventually, Pilate just gives in to the loudest voices and allows Jesus to be crucified. He was a man who was held captive by popular opinion.