From our 2014 Ecclesia National Gathering.
The so-called “holy war” texts of Scripture include disturbing scenes from genocide (the total kill of all men, women and children) to grabbing good-looking women captives as wives. Unfortunately, the traditional answers [holy God, evil Canaanites, etc.] simply do not work at the level of military ethics. They do not stand up to rigorous ethical scrutiny. By continuing to answer objections with the traditional answers, we have been banging square pegs in round holes. This session will look at some of the emerging, better answers for reading these war texts redemptively.