Gentiles in the Hands of a Genocidal God

By Phillip Cary

In fact, with respect to the command to exterminate the Canaanites, our position is less like Israel’s and more like that of Rahab, the Canaanite prostitute in Jericho who befriends the Israelite spies. She has not taken part in Israel’s exodus, but she has heard of it and believes it. She knows the name of the Lord, the God who has given the land to Israel, and she confesses that he is God of heaven and earth (Josh. 2:9–11). She is a believer, and eventually will be included in Hebrews 11’s great litany of heroes who lived by faith. But she is not an Israelite. She is a Canaanite who hopes to live, not die.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine. His latest book, God's Story in 66 Verses, was just released by Thomas Nelson. He is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly â€Prioritiesâ column for He has appeared on National Public Radio’s “Tell Me More,” WGN’s Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including Moody Radio’s “New Day Florida.” An inspirational speaker, he hosts a weekly podcast with John Wilson of Books & Culture. He also is an author and editorial advisor for A former columnist for CT, Stan served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, “Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?”
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