Robert Wurtz II
And the chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently accused him. And Herod with his men of war set him at nought, and mocked [him], and arrayed him in a gorgeous robe, and sent him again to Pilate. And the same day Pilate and Herod were made friends together: for before they were at enmity between themselves. (Luke 23:10-12)
Our passage is one of the most psychologically insightful passages in all of the Bible. It reveals the depravity of man in a way that could leave the reader almost in tears. Understand that these men did not apologize that day to one another; they agreed on the matter of the condemnation of Christ and in that agreement against one man were made friends. They sacrificed Christ to mend their own fences. This is what men and women will do. They will be at enmity one day, and then suddenly agree against another person and become friends again. No apology. No, ‘I’m sorry’. No, ‘I was wrong’. No, ‘How can I make this up.’ No, ‘I will try not to allow it to happen again.’ None of those things. They put their hand or mouth together against a common enemy and then are ‘made friends.’ What a terrible thing it is when two people have to slay someone else just so they can get along. We cannot maintain friendships at the expense of others.
This may happen among the unregenerate, but it ought not so to be in the churches of God. Christians are to reconcile by forgiveness and in a spirit of love. Anything else is an abomination to God; because in the reconciliation of the two- discord is sown against the common ‘enemy’. This results in a zero net gain in the righting of wrongs; in fact to reconcile the party commits sin. Needless to say these illegitimate friendships don’t last. At the risk of being criticized I must say that individuals who make and maintain friendships by accusing and mocking their common enemies know nothing of godly reconciliation. It is carnality at best and devilry at worst. The only hope for them is to repent and come to Christ in a way that the love of God is poured out in their hearts. Then they will feel the need to rightly be reconciled and will cease moving in the false propitiation of agreeing against a common enemy.