Inspired: Stories Of War
If we allow the myth of a violent God to stand, then we can justify anything. Maybe God doesn’t care about ethics and morality. Maybe the lives of others in Iran or Central America are expendable, as long as the agenda of white American nationalism is advanced. A distorted faith is a faith that can lead to extremism. That is nothing new. It’s been around as long as people of faith have been telling stories.
The antidote to hostile texts of the Bible is more Bible. As Christians we read all stories through the lens of the cross. As Rachel Held Evans describes it: If God became flesh and blood in the person of Jesus, the cross proves that “God would rather die by violence than commit it.” Jesus bore the brunt of human cruelty and remained faithful to the God of love.