Let me state something as clearly as I can and hopefully you will not think I’m saying something I’m not saying. I don’t like these battles in the Old Testament. This is the beginning of many battles. God is a warrior, and though I am comforted in his willingness and ability as a God who goes to war, I live in a post Jesus reality and the thought of killing anyone, especially women (and later, children) is hard to stomach. I think I’m much like the person who likes to eat steak but hates the idea of killing a cow. I tend to make fun of these people because they prefer to believe steak magically appears in cellophane in the super market. I know I need to embrace these qualities of God and trust him, but I find it so difficult. I don’t want a cellophane faith, but it’s tough.
This blog was originally written by Pastor Doug Bartel of Hillcrest Church, starting in Spring 2009. Keep that in mind if you read anything that doesn't quite add up to the time of year.