God is not just a God of love, but also a God of justice. I understand how this is connected to the idea of warfare, and I’ve read the book of Joshua with trepidation as I studied the Biblical account of nations being completely wiped off the face of the earth.
When you have ideas of what you think God should do (which is often wrong) you can’t help but suffer from cognitive dissonance when you encounter what you think is a disconnect between what is happening in the Bible and what seems to be ‘just’ or ‘loving’.
With that said, Ezekiel 18:23 says something so beautiful and profound. It says;
Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?
God is not pleased by war, and He is not pleased when people die. As Christians, we are not to take pleasure in the death of the wicked. We should feel sorrow and mourning for souls headed to destruction.
I’ve seen some Christian blogs that are quite controversial because of their stance that we should be praying for ISIS. They are full of love for their enemies. It reminds me of Pastor Saeed and how he is praying for the salvation of those holding him in prison.
But, isn’t this how you bring people to Yeshua? By allowing your love to overcome their evil?