This is probably closely related to the thread on the spiritual aspects of slavery as a sin. As I have related many times on this board, in addition to Scripture, my ideas on this subject from what I observed in Mississippi as a child in the 50s and 60s. We are on vacation, and today, we visited the Little Big Horn National Park in Montana. I had studied the battles and the routes of both sides. Today, as I listened to a park ranger explain in detail what happened, and the politics in Washington that lead to the loss of life on June 25, 1876, it brought me back to man's ability to mistreat his fellow man for greed, profit, and power, even to the point of death. Of course, like all other human tragedy, the core cause was sin. After hearing the history in detail, we saw the battlefield where Custer and his men fell, the other sites of related battles a few days earlier. Yes, the Indians under Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse treated their enemy brutally, but I got to wondering, what would be do if a foreign army was running us out of our homes and forcing us to a new home somewhere else? There was plenty of blame to go around, an inept Grant administration, lack of communication between army units, the arrogance of Custer and some of his officers, and a drive for future power. One cannot help but wonder if the situation could have, should have been handled better. What gave us the right to destroy the Indian culture that was here long before us? Because some expansionist nut case in Washington thought it his God given right to implement a policy of "Manifest Destiny." What comes across to me in this situation, where there were no winners, and the results were tragic, is the lack of any consideration for the love of Christ to be exhibited towards these people. Instead of treating them and their culture like trash, maybe the Gospel told to them, and in fact, some of our illustrious leaders, maybe the love of God would have brought about a different outcome. Sin is like an infection. It permeates everything on this earth. It is brutal, evil, self centered, and always ends up with death and misery, because Christ was not even considered. What makes a difference in this world, one thing and one thing only, a changed heart in men and women by the work of Jesus Christ on the cross. No more vivid picture could be painted of this than the dead corpses laying all across that battlefield. What a sad story, and it just keeps repeating itself.