Joshua 6:21-23 New International Version (NIV)
21 They devoted the city to the Lord and destroyed with the sword every living thing in it men and women, young and old, cattle, sheep and donkeys. 22 Joshua said to the two men who had spied out the land, “Go into the prostitute’s house and bring her out and all who belong to her, in accordance with your oath to her.” 23 So the young men who had done the spying went in and brought out Rahab, her father and mother, her brothers and sisters and all who belonged to her. They brought out her entire family and put them in a place outside the camp of Israel.
Joshua 8:28-29 New International Version (NIV)
28 So Joshua burned Ai[a] and made it a permanent heap of ruins, a desolate place to this day. 29 He impaled the body of the king of Ai on a pole and left it there until evening. At sunset, Joshua ordered them to take the body from the pole and throw it down at the entrance of the city gate. And they raised a large pile of rocks over it, which remains to this day.
Pretty disturbing huh? R rated.
Don’t worry I’m not condoning that all pastors have earned the right to assassinate government officials for Jesus, or that we are going to create a small group at Echo Church that goes out and bombs abortion clinics.
I am however, beginning to sense that there are more ministers of the Gospel who seem more closely related to Mr. Rogers than Joshua or Jesus (My self included at times). So many have years of education and experience under their belts and no knowledge of how to engage the enemy, occupy a city, and offer it up for the Kingdom of God.
Listen, we need pastors who may not always get it right, but would rather fail aggressively than simply survive by being passive. We need pastors who have a fire in their bones to preach God’s Word without offering apologies at every turn.
We need spiritual leaders who are more like Joshua and Jesus; who are more concerned about changing lives than their own job security, who are more concerned about God’s direction than a professional’s recommendation, who are willing to advance the Kingdom by all means necessary, who set their rights down for the rights of those who don’t have a voice, who are a living testimony of faith in Christ not faith in self.
Let’s Seed The City. So the world may hear.