A Time for War?


Today I was reading about King David in 1 Chronicles chapters 11 and 12.   This section covers the deeds of some of David’s warriors.  For example , Jashobeam, was one of the mighty 3.  He killed 300 Philistines in a battle, using his spear. Abishai also killed 300 of the enemy in battle with his spear.  King David was a man after God’s own heart.  Yet David, and his warriors were fierce killers in battle.

King David

It seems we always think of God promoting peace on earth and good will toward others.  Yet there are clearly times when God sent his people into battle with instructions to kill the enemy.    For example, God instructed his people to kill the inhabitants in the promised land during the time of Joshua.

And there is the story of Saul, who disobeyed God by failing to kill every person in the city of Amalek.  God said he was sorry he made Saul the king in the first place because he did not follow through on these instructions.

Ecclesiastes, chapter 3 says “For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven… a time to love,  and a time to hate;  a time for war, and a time for peace.”

We live in an imperfect world.  But in all cases, follow God.



The movie reviewed here is definitely NOT for children, and probably not for many other people either.

  • GENRE: Thriller / Action
    • ACTORS: Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, and Alexandra Daddario
    • RATING: PG-13
    • LENGTH: 1 hour, 54 minutes
    • PARENTAL NOTE: Not intended for children. Violence. Lots of implied killing–mostly non-graphic.
    • INTENDED AUDIENCE: This movie is intended for fans of the genre, and may not be appreciated by others.
    • GENERAL PLOT: (No spoilers) The San Andreas Fault makes a major split, devastating big parts of urban California. A helicopter pilot rushes to save his daughter and almost ex-wife.
    • REVIEW: One word for this movie: Ridiculous. OK, two words: Ridiculous, ridiculous. Many movies ask us to suspend the normal rules of heaven and earth. For example, to pretend that zombies or ghosts exist. Such an exercise seems a reasonable tradeoff for watching a fictional story. But this movie suspends the rules of human nature. That is, human being don’t behave (I hope) as suggested. To summarize, with a few spoilers included, Dwayne Johnson’s character apparently abandons his job as a rescue pilot to go in search of his daughter and almost ex-wife. He steals his work helicopter, a truck, and airplane in search of his family. The scenes of earthquake and tsunami disaster look convincing to me. But watching the portrayal of thousands (or maybe millions) of people being killed in a natural disaster isn’t what I consider wholesome entertainment.
    • RECOMMENDATION: This is a thriller movie. Many people will be highly offended by every movie in this genre because of the violence, and other questionable elements. Good computer generated imagery (CGI). Too good, really.
    • RATING (out of 5 stars):