But God really did kill people. In fact, the Bible is full of stories about God taking the lives of men and women. Yet for some reason we don’t like to talk about these stories. When was the last time you heard a sermon about killing people (talk about a great way to shrink your church)? When was the last time you sang the hymn “We Praise Thee For Thy Killings” (FYI: I don’t believe such a hymn exists)? I read to my little girls out of several different children’s Bibles. We read about David and Goliath, Daniel and the Lion’s Den, and Jonah and the Giant Fish. But all the stories of divine killing have been censored out of the children’s Bibles. Why? Why do we have such an aversion to these types of stories? Why do we get queasy, uncomfortable, and somewhat apologetic at the idea of God killing someone? I suspect it’s because these stories don’t jive with the sanitized version of God we have created. We put bumper stickers on our cars that say, “Smile, Jesus Loves You”. We don’t have any use for stickers that say, “Watch Out, God Might Kill You”. We could sing of his love forever, not his wrath.
Altrogge, Stephen (2014-01-03). Untamable God: Encountering the One Who Is Bigger, Better, and More Dangerous Than You Could Possibly Imagine (p. 59). Blazing Center Books. Kindle Edition.