by Faith Reboot’s Mari Taylor
Did you know that about 5,000 people attended the 1921 funeral of Devil Anse Hatfield? Yes, that Hatfield.
The Hatfields and the McCoys are the two families involved in the most infamous family feud in American history. These two families carried on a thirteen year feud that resulted in the death of twelve people. One of the central figures in these hostilities was Devil Anse Hatfield.
I wondered why, even though the feud had settled down by then, so many people showed up for his funeral. Really, 5,000 people!!
Devil had played a role in disturbing the peace of the whole community in the name of protecting his family and property. I believe this caused people to be fascinated with him.
“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.” Ephesians 6:11 (ESV)
The Ultimate Family Feud
As Christians, we also are involved in a family feud. It began long ago when Lucifer, also known as the devil, was banished from heaven. No longer family, he became God’s enemy. As members of God’s family, he is now our enemy and will be until Christ’s return. He comes after us and we must fight, whether it’s in our nature or not. I can attest to many hardships and problems that I am sure were caused by his shenanigans. Thankfully, God has equipped us well for this fight. We don’t need fists, knives, or guns like the Hatfields and McCoys. We have the armor of God to help us withstand the devil and protect ourselves and our brothers and sisters in Christ. With this armor, instead of disrupting peace, we “pursue peace with all people.” Hebrews 12:14 (NIV)
I say pursuing peace with all people means showing them the giver of real peace, Jesus. They need to know Him and be His to get that peace. It’s our job to show them, through our lives, struggles, victories and even defeats, that God is real. We have to show them that God loves us enough to equip us to stand. And to fight. God equips to love well enough that those who don’t know Him yet want to know Him. That’s our job as Christian soldiers. I say this knowing that I’m not doing this enough. I’ve unintentionally insulated myself. Most of the people I know and interact with regularly are other Christians. Fellowship is good and essential, but we also are charged with being about discipleship. We were given the great commission to make disciples. We can’t do that if we are never interacting with and loving on those who aren’t “family” yet. I need to step it up. We, us Christians, need to step up our game and do our job.
I believe we are living in the last days. And in the last days, we’ll all get to witness the funeral of another named devil. And those who belong to Jesus will get to rejoice. Glory!!! Only this time there will be no curiosity or fear, only overwhelming joy that our family won the war.
Let’s do our part to add to the number who are on the winning side.
Check out Mari’s book Surviving Unemployment:Devotions to Go and visit her at www.mariettataylor.net.