On the night in which Jesus was arrested and tried, the Jews sent Jesus to Pilate, but refused to enter Pilate’s palace so as not to defile themselves before the Passover.
How strange that such religious ritual was persuasive to them.
They could kill the Son of God on the basis of lies and injustice without defiling themselves, even though their law forbade it. But God forbid they come to close to the Roman government. (John 18:28-38)
Are we scarcely much different?
Are we persuaded that our own religious rituals buy us indulgences against greater blasphemies?