Talk About Family Disputes…
I was flipping through the satellite channels Saturday night, looking for nothing in particular, when I happened across a marathon replay of the "Hatfields & McCoys," mini-series. I had heard all the hype surrounding the show, mainly the all-star cast, including Kevin Costner, Tom Paxton and Mare Winningham.
I missed part one, but I did see parts two and three. The first word that comes to mind to describe what I saw is unsettling. Although there had been some ill will between the two families prior, what turned hard feelings into a war was a dispute over a pig and who it belonged to. This led to dozens of deaths and a place in American legend.
For me, the most unsettling thing about the feud was, at least in the case of Randall McCoy, that he professed to be a man of God. As portrayed in the show, he prayed a number of times for God to, "smite my enemies." This is where non-Christians start talking about how many wars have been waged with both sides believing that God was on their side. All I know is, in the case of the Hatfields and McCoys, it was all about vengeance, and God is very specific about who gets to exact vengeance, and it ain't us.
I don't think I will casually compare a dispute between families with the Hatfields and McCoys ever again.