Our country celebrated its 240th Birthday and I wonder how many more we have? Are we at our high ground, firmly planted on what our founding fathers saw so long ago? Are we still a reflection of what they perceived we would be? We’ve had so many great leaders in public, private, social and spiritual roles in our history. A proud and courageous military and a public that has built, changed when called upon, struggled with its identity at times, produced countless nameless faceless heroes; and, always remained committed to the freedom endeared to us. However, we must remember that our America was at one time something you could only whisper, for, if you spoke too loudly, all thought of our America would vanish. When the brave souls of our past finally founded our footprint, it became something all men could sing in grand chorus about. We can learn a lot from that history as a people. We can also learn a lot from that history about the way we walk and live out our faith, as well! This is one such example.
General George Armstrong Custer is well remembered for his massacre at the hands of Crazy Horse in the Battle of the Little Big Horn; but history shows that learning from your immediate past was a key element. Crazy Horse found it is difficult to succeed in attacking a smaller but lethal force that commands the high ground in a battle, as he had attempted too, in the famous Wagon Box Fight in the months just prior to meeting Custer. In the battle of the Little Big Horn, Crazy Horse was able to reach the High ground just minutes before the General; they say, that Custer was killed only 200 feet before reaching the ridgeline. “For if anyone is a listener of the Word, but not also a doer, he is comparable to a man gazing into a mirror upon the face that he was born with; and after considering himself, he promptly forgot what he had seen.” In the famous encounter between Custer and Crazy Horse, Custer had divided his command, marched them through the night and attacked an enemy whom he did not know, as well as, he should have. The government considered their enemy to be a nuisance and considerably less skilled than their own in a head to head fight General Custer did not know the strength of the enemy or the complete position of the enemy; and, he attacked with an utterly exhausted army, contrary to everything, he was ever taught at West Point. Crazy Horse, on the other hand, knew the answers to both of these questions. It has been reported that Custer always carried a mirror. Ain’t it so!