Tuesday, July 9, 2019
“DEVIL” HATFIELD CHANGES
Almost everyone has heard about the infamous Hatfield-McCoy feud in the mountains of West Virginia. From 1864 until 1921 those two families murdered each other. The end of the feud came when a Hatfield with the awful nickname of “Devil” met a West Virginia pastor named William Dyke Garrett. Garrett had fought with the Logan County Wildcats during the Civil War. After the war he was called to the ministry. One Sunday he baptized Devil Hatfield in the cold waters of Island Creek. Afterward Hatfield’s neighbors described him as “much changed.” He then set out to mend fences rather than shoot neighbors. The feud fizzled out, at the foot of the cross.
When the cross-centered gospel captures a human heart, love replaces hate and the person is “much changed.”