As I looked at social media this morning I was even more convinced that Devils Tower may really be an appropriate photo for today. There seems to be seeds of division being sown by the evil one. Here are just a few samples (in my own words) that ran across my news feed.
Are you going to be a "good American" and boycott the Super Bowl since the flag and military have been repeatedly disrespected by the players throughout the regular season?
Why are the Marines running an advertisement during the Super Bowl after a 30 year absence? Don't they feel disrespected from the anthem protests?
Why wouldn't executives run the advertisement for the veterans in regard to challenging (inviting) folks to stand for the anthem?
How will the half-time show disgrace us?
If a football game doesn't bring enough controversy in and of itself, you can always look to politics for filler material. The State of the Union speech, the released memo, Russian collusion, government shutdown potential, immigration, and on and on the list of possibilities goes.
Nancy Pelosi never ceases to provide material as well. Will the "crumbs" from the tax cut meany anything to us?
We are a divided nation, and that division is displayed on many different levels. It has filtered into our schools, places of employment, our church congregations, and of course, into the sports and entertainment industry. The seeds of division have been sown widely.
What can we learn from Devils Tower?
The Native Americans have a spiritual and cultural connection with the area known as Devils Tower. Some of the tribes refer to it by other names such as "Bear's Tipi", "Bear's House", "Bear's Lodge", or "Bear Peak". Still others refer to it as "Tree Rock", "Grey Horn Butte", or "Ghost Mountain". Reading the history is quite fascinating as to the significance of this sacred place.
What did I personally learn from my reading today?
Different names and cultural traditions do not necessarily indicate division. Maybe Devils Tower has something to teach us about coming together as a people with respect and honor. I think we as a nation, and the National Football League, could learn something from the history behind Devils Tower.
The caption on the National Park Service website sums it up well:
The Tower: Many People; Many Stories, One Place
"One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."