Columbus: Monster or Role Model?

October 13, 2017

Our nation just took a day off to celebrate Christopher Columbus, but many of us don’t know much about him. A philosopher named George Santayana once said. “Those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it.” I agree with Mr. Sanataya, but we will see what the Bible says.

In Deuteronomy 5:15, God told the Israelites,”You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the LORD your God brought you out from there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm.” From these verses, we can see the Lord didn’t want his people to forget how he freed them from bondage.

Here’s more: as the Israelites were about to cross the Jordan into the promised land, God told the leaders of the tribes to pick up a rock from the dry river bed and make a memorial: Joshua 4:6 “…that this may be a sign among you. When your children ask in time to come, ‘What do those stones mean to you?’  then you shall tell them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD. So these stones shall be to the people of Israel a memorial forever.”

God wanted parents recounting these stories to their children, so history is important.

Today many condemn Columbus, and others think well of him.  Was he a monster or role model? Author and historian Rebecca Price Janney and I discussed him and his choices.

Learn more about Rebecca here.


  • Reply Mary Klinger October 14, 2017 at 10:37 am

    How nice to hear about a way to view Columbus from a true historical perspective. It is difficult as a teacher to know how to portray him to our elementary students. This recording helped. Thank you. Dr Mary Klinger.

    • Reply Cynthia L Simmons October 14, 2017 at 12:43 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for listening.

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