Sides / by daniel hamlin

 Photo: Craig Hamlin

Photo: Craig Hamlin

I was reading in Joshua 5 today about when Joshua met the “the captain of the host of the LORD” (most theologians agree that this was the pre-incarnate Christ) while Joshua was preparing for battle. Joshua immediately asks him if he was for Israel or for their adversaries. Christ’s response was amazing; He said, “No; rather I indeed come now as captain of the host of the LORD.” Joshua wanted to know what side God was on—a very natural and human response. But God’s answer transcends Joshua’s question. God has no sides when it comes to humanity. He loves all, He pursues all, and He died for all. The only side He takes is the side of truth and righteousness. I feel the more important questions I should be asking is, am I on God’s side? Do I stand for truth? He accepts and blesses all who respond to Him in truth regardless of nationality, as evidenced by Rahab in Joshua 6. Rahab was a harlot living in a nation that opposed God, but when confronted with the truth and righteousness of God she responded appropriately and chose to take her stand with God. As a result God blessed and protected her.

We live in a complicated time, but it is no more complicated than past times. I pray I have the courage like Rahab to respond in similar manner, regardless of the culture that surrounds me.