My God is strong enough that He doesn’t need me to throw a temper fit, burn down buildings, and kill people every time someone insults Him.
My God is just enough to keep justice in His own hands, rather than in mine, when someone insults Him, because I might mistakenly act against someone who is innocent.
My God is merciful enough to be patient even with those who insult Him, because sometimes those people foolish enough to do that have repented.
My God is wise enough to know that, if His people engaged in violence to uphold His honour, it would dishonour Him, making Him appear too weak to avenge Himself and too unjust to care about innocent victims.
Violence “on behalf of a god” is nothing new. When Gideon destroyed an idol, the followers of Baal wanted to kill him. Joash, Gideon’s father, was ready for them:
And Joash said unto all that stood against him, Will ye plead for Baal? will ye save him? he that will plead for him, let him be put to death whilst it is yet morning: if he be a god, let him plead for himself, because one hath cast down his altar.
Because our God is really God, we don’t need to “plead” for Him, to engage in violence on His behalf. Christians don’t need to burn embassies and kill people just because some evil Muslim imam burned a Bible, or threatened to urinate on the Scriptures. Our God is quite able to deal with that wicked man.
But if your god isn’t that strong, isn’t that just, isn’t that merciful and good, isn’t that wise, why then, you have to take matters into your own hands, I guess. But you just make it look like you don’t really believe he can handle it himself. You make yourself look like foolish, angry, unjust people, and you make your god look feeble, if he really needs you to behave in that way.
Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
If vengeance belongs to God, and we take vengeance, we are stealing something that belongs to Him. When we do that, we only bring His vengeance on ourselves. Something to think about next time you plan on killing an ambassador.