Recently, J. D. Greear discussed the vengeance of God and the response of Christians ought to have to this aspect of God’s character. Here’s an excerpt:
Opponents of Christianity often point out how bloody the Old Testament is. There’s no getting around it: it is. (For that matter, the NewTestament isn’t as serene as most people assume.) Israel often participated in and celebrated the victory of God over other nations, victory that usually meant military conquest. As Deborah says, “So may all your enemies perish, Lord! But may all who love you be like the sun when it rises in its strength” (Judges 5:31). Israel savored the stories of God’s deliverance—even God’s vengeance—like a fine wine, sip by sip.