Canaan was not at all a gift for Israelis but they fought for their dream. Of course God was with them with his mighty right hand. So somewhat violence is part of Christianity. From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been subjected to violence, and violent people have been raiding it. Matthew 11:12. The life of a Christian is not a peaceful one. That is why Jesus said: I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!
Jesus narrates an extremely beautiful parable in Luke 14:15. The ‘certain man’ prepared a banquet and invited many guests. He then sends servants to the invitees. But they made excuses, one said: he just bought a field and must go and see it. Another one bought five yoke of oxen and he want to try them out. Another one just got married, so he can’t come. Jesus didn’t justify none of these excuses.
The picture was entirely different in Deuteronomy 20: 1-8. When Israel prepare for battle the priest should come forward the army and proclaim:
“Is there any man who has built a new house and has not dedicated it? Let him go back to his house, lest he dies in the battle and another man dedicate it. And is there any man who has planted a vineyard and has not enjoyed its fruit? Let him go back to his house, lest he dies in the battle and another man enjoy its fruit. And is there any man who has betrothed a wife and has not taken her? Let him go back to his house, lest he die in the battle and another man take her.’ And the officers shall speak further to the people, and say, ‘Is there any man who is fearful and fainthearted? Let him go back to his house, lest he make the heart of his fellows melt like his own.”
There is no place for a faint hearted in the battle. A new house, a vineyard, a new wife are all sufficient excuses. So the battle for kingdom of heaven is an ultimate battle and no excuse for anyone even if someone want to burry his father. Luke 9:59.
The essence of Bible itself is in one question Rabbi, where are you staying? John 1:38. The last request before Jesus was the same, by the thief : Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom. The people around Jesus realised that Jesus is not a simple carpenter. He doesn’t belong to this place. Once the disciples bring food to Jesus, but Jesus says: I have food to eat that you know nothing about. John 4:32. Christianity accomplishes a new phase when this search for his house starts. The other aspect, realising that this earth is not our house, is also interesting, so can we change this earth as a beautiful holiday place? A place without any misery, any war or poverty? Without any crimes?
So finding his living place involves violence. It is not something superficial or happening external to us. The violence is within us. The battle is with our self and against our self. It is to deny our self and take our cross. Without this violence there is no spirituality.