I usually only have one topic to post about per day, but today is a twofer Tuesday!
Yesterday was Columbus Day, a federal holiday, which meant I was unable to take two books to the post office to be shipped to customers* and I couldn’t go to the bank to deposit a check. Grrr! As you’re all aware, there’s a big controversy brewing about celebrating Columbus Day.
Italian-Americans across the country commemorate their fellow countryman, Cristobal Colon (Christopher Columbus), who hailed from Genoa and accidentally discovered the Americas in 1492. Italian-Americans use this day to celebrate their ethnic heritage in general.
But critics of Columbus Day say the explorer was a brutal tyrant who persecuted the indigenous West Indie natives – enslaving or killing them – and who forced “White man’s religion” down their throats. Supporters say Columbus was a product of his times and should be recognized and honored for his accomplishments, not for his failings according to our 21st-century standards.
What do I think? I’m not inclined to honor any person with statues and national holidays. We’re all sinners in need of the Savior. During the time of Columbus’ four voyages to the New World, the pope of Rome was the notorious Alexander VI – Rodrigo de Borgia – who historians consider to be most corrupt in a long line of corrupt popes. Columbus exported Borgia’s brutal brand of Roman Catholicism to the New World. The priests who accompanied Columbus baptized some of the natives, but only a select few. The church taught that a Catholic could not enslave a fellow (c)hristian and Columbus needed many slaves for his gold mines. The few natives who were initiated into the church via ritual sacramentalization did not know Christ as Savior. Rome did not preach the Good News! of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone in 1492 and it doesn’t preach it today. A report written in 1502 and discovered in 2006 reveals that Columbus and his three brothers ruled Hispania with iron fists, using torture and mutilation to keep the natives in line.
Politically-conservative American Christians are apt to howl anytime a traditional icon is threatened, but believers should think twice before they lift up anyone for veneration, especially someone who helped propagate a false gospel of spiritual chains.
My second of today’s twofers is thankfully very short.
What’s this? Hollywood mogul, Harvey Weinstein, was recently fired from the film production company he founded amidst multiple accusations of sexual harassment? I thought Hollywood and its quasi-religious humanism were all about respect, inclusion, dignity, and the elevation of people and animals? You mean to tell me one of Hollywood’s best and brightest was a sexual predator and abuser? Oh, the shock of it! All these Hollywood moguls and glamorous Botox-injected stars are lost sheep who need Jesus Christ. Movie audiences crave the fantasies from the Hollywood assembly line like junkies crave heroine because they’re desperately trying to fill the spiritual vacuum in their souls. But it’s all a mirage.
*A couple of years ago, I started selling my gently-read books via Amazon’s 3rd party seller program. I’ve sold about 180 books to date, which I’m pretty happy about. If you have a lot of books, especially narrow audience books, Amazon may be a good option for you. It’s actually pretty easy. Loading all of the books into Amazon’s system takes a little doing, but after that it’s just a matter of waiting for orders, packing up the books in padded envelopes, and taking them to the post office. If your collection is mostly mass market-type books, don’t bother. The big 3rd party sellers are able to severely undercut a small seller’s profit-point pricing.