Do you recall the scene in Exodus 32 where Moses came down from the Mount of God to find the nation engaged in some hard partying around an idol?
The first thing he did was put some serious interrogation pressure on his brother, Aaron, for letting it happen. Aaron should have refused to play the role they demanded of him. Better to be dead than this deep in sin. In the context, we can also figure that the Tribe of Levi did a lot better, refusing to engage in this nonsense. They knew they were property of Jehovah and couldn’t engage in worshiping another deity. Besides, as Moses was from their tribe, they tended to be loyal to their own.
In the end, it was the Levites who clearly understood their feudal duty to God. When Moses called for a posse to handle the necessary executions of the bad guys. This wasn’t a random slaughter, but a careful pursuit of the most active rebels who pushed so hard on Aaron for this whole thing. The Levites knew who it was that led this rebellion. It was treason. It was a threat to national shalom and the hedge of protection that kept them from being slaughtered in the wilderness by some other nation. So the mission of the Levites here was to cut out the cancer of souls committed to evil, souls that would refuse to obey God under all circumstances.
It’s the hardest thing in the world to execute justice on those closest to you. Learn this one critical moral lesson here: In typical Ancient Near Eastern (ANE) morals of justice, the closest kin are responsible for carrying out capital penalties against those who threaten this kind of low-level treason. This holds a lot of psychological meaning that should be obvious. You should have already tried to restrain them and dissuade them from such grievous sin, and you should be the first to recognize when they simply won’t listen. If you didn’t turn them over to the wider community for judgment in the first place, then you’ll have to pay the price of executing them when their sin bears fruit that everyone can see.
It’s not a lack of mercy; we are naturally indulgent with our closest kin. But the issue is recognizing the Devil and what kind of grip he has on someone. You are obliged to use lesser remedies at first, but you are also obliged to discern when those remedies don’t work. You are obliged to understand how serious the threat is, if indeed it is serious.
When you fail to execute such justice, you leave it to God and His wrath. Note that in verse 34 God mentions a time of visitation coming in the future. The image drawn here is a periodic visit from the feudal lord who will address issues in due time. The narrative then notes there were punitive plagues that fell on the nation for their treason.
Granted, we have no covenant with God in the US. That is, we have rejected the one covenant that could apply to our country — the Covenant of Noah. We rejected it from the start, but it remains applicable and God handles our country on the basis of that covenant, except that we don’t have any of its protections. We have two major idolatries that afflict our land: Globalism and Zionism. They compete and both are evil.
You and I should know quite clearly that the only way we can reduce the penalties for our sins as a country would include slaughtering the folks who lead these two despicable idolatries, but there aren’t enough folks with clean hands to do the job. It may still end up happening on some scale, but it won’t be as a matter of obedience to God. It won’t be like the Levites cleansing the camp of rebels, because the current religious leadership is compromised too deeply with one idolatry or the other. They should be among the slaughtered. So we don’t have any Levites to handle this holy task, and it will be far more chaotic and painful as God unleashes Hell on this country to do the job with all the random spiteful glee you would expect from demons.
A great many redeemable lives will be lost in the ensuing mess.