Christopher Columbus photo from historykey.com

“Following the light of the sun, we left the Old World.” ~Christopher Columbus

I don’t know where the trend started, maybe because they dumbed down history for little kids, but somehow we came to see historical figures as pristine people on pedestals, comic book heroes without marks. And, when we discover they are just men or women with same flaws and sin-filled natures as the rest of us, we become disgusted and disregard whatever good they offered the world.

History is being twisted to emphasize modern ideals without regard to culture and norms of the past. I just heard the name “Christopher Columbus” used as a derogative slur. As if one of the greatest explorers of all time is the devil incarnate.

We’re all broken, each one of us, from Adam and Eve to the baby in your family, we’re imperfect humans. Yet, our very history is being manipulated to demonize certain historical figures and canonize others. We live in an age where Christopher Columbus is evil and Malcolm X is a saint.

Neither is correct, of course.

Aren’t we simply bastardizing the real story of history to promote a modern-day concept?

Yeah, we are. And, kids are growing up today hating our forefathers, hating Old World Explorers, and not understanding how they shaped our views, added to science, culture, and our understanding of the world.

There are no devils and no saints, only humans. Broken sinners navigating our planet, sometimes doing horrible things, and sometimes doing wonderful things. The world won’t be perfect until God remakes it, so we must learn to wrestle with the notion that historical figures are good and bad…and just like us.

We cannot alter history for the sake of promoting an agenda. We need those visionaries and explorers of our past that brought us to the future we now have. We can have an honest look at their human frailties, but not at the sake of their contributions.

“No one should fear to undertake any task in the name of our Saviour, if it is just and if the intention is purely for His holy service.” ~Christopher Columbus

For more information visit: Christopher Columbus: Hero for the Ages or Genocidal Maniac?