Now there are at least three ways to consider establishment violence. First, it may be considered a procedure for maintaining societal equilibrium. This is the “law and order” view. Establishment violence emerges to maintain the status quo against criminals and sinners. Here laws (including God’s revealed laws) are made by those who benefit from the social order in order to maintain their privilege. From this perspective, Jerusalemites would have the criminal Jesus crucified, for example, in order to maintain order in their city and region, for their own benefit.
Hits pretty close to home...doesn't it?