(June 26, 2015)
I always wonder what to make of the “bit players” in the scriptures that die. For example, what would the narrative look like from the perspective of the people in the Promised Land displaced by the Israelites. Or, in these chapters, what would the scriptures have been like if they had been written by the soldiers that died?
I see that sometimes people do this because they want to somehow condemn God (as if any of us were in the position to do that). But from my perspective, I think that looking at things is this way serves another purpose. We all like to think that we are on the Lord’s side (and from time-to-time we are). But we also find ourselves mistakenly or deliberated opposed to God. By looking at the world through the eyes of the soldiers who were killed, we can better learn to recognize when we are standing on the wrong side of an issue with the Lord and perhaps correct our behavior.