“For it was the Lord’s intention to harden their hearts, so that they would engage Israel in battle, be completely destroyed without mercy, and be annihilated, just as the Lord had commanded Moses.” Joshua 11:20.
God will at times harden people’s hearts, in His sovereignty, that results in them acting in a way that guarantees their destruction as proper judgment for their wickedness. This is after they have first hardened their own hearts and rejected God. The Israelites were only allowed to enter the land and destroy its inhabitants after the people of the land’s iniquity was full (Genesis 15:16). At that point, the Israelites were told to destroy all of the inhabitants of the kingdoms they conquered, even killing the children.
This passage is relevant in the current atmosphere where wicked people in Congress and elsewhere suggest a women who accuses a man of a sexual crime should be believed outright and the man condemned even where there is no corroborating testimony or evidence or even where the witnesses cited by the accuser say it never happened. While there are many men who are sexual predators and need to be brought to justice, this standard is fundamentally wrong in determining guilt and will lead to the unjust ruin of men and their family’s reputations and life. We are not to overcome evil with more evil (Romans 12:21).
I believe many of the people taking this unjust standard have hardened their hearts to God which has allowed them to take such a ridiculous, fundamentally wicked position, that could lead to their destruction. Some of them, perhaps, will be falsely accused and their life ruined. Worse, some will likely have their sons falsely accused and lives destroyed. Others will have their reputation and influence ruined as people start to contemplate how wicked it is to convict someone with only an accusation and not consider someone innocent until proven guilty. The ones who escape such judgement in this life will be judged by God in the afterlife and, if not subsequently repenting of their sins and accepting Christ, will be cast off into Hell along with the men who did assault women and did not subsequently repent.
God is not mocked. Whatever a person sows they will reap (Galatians 6:7). These wicked people have sown the wind and they will now reap the whirlwind.