My key figure is Pontius Pilate. Pontius Pilate was a leader in Judea who was persuaded by the Jewish authorities to crucify Jesus against his will. He did not believe that Jesus had done anything wrong, but he didn't want anything to do with it and he didn't want to start a riot, so he said it was up to them and he didn't want anything to do with it.
Pontius Pilate was a strong leader in Judea, but he still bowed down to the Jewish high priests and authorities, who wanted Jesus dead. Because Pontius Pilate gave in to the authorities, Jesus died on the cross. That tells me that if we give in to people telling you to do something wrong when you can stop it, something bad might happen.
In my opinion, Pontius Pilate was not necessarily a bad person, he just made a bad choice. In some ways it was good that Pontius Pilate made that decision, because if he hadn't, then Jesus wouldn't have died on the cross to save our sins.