Columbus was an explorer and a missionary. Says who?
Before that question is answered, another question must be addressed, i.e., if (and because) Columbus were a missionary according to documentation given below, why has that information been censored? Do most Americans really, really know what the Lord has done in and for America, such as giving Columbus a heart to share the Gospel and to assist in the Gospel’s westward movement? No, and one of the major reasons for this lack of knowledge is revision of our history textbooks. Revisionist started in the early 1900s rewriting our history textbooks and censoring God from our history. Is there a detrimental consequence of this lack of knowledge, which is another cause for God’s judgment on America? Absolutely.
The Bible makes it clear, especially in Judges 2:7-15, what happens when a generation arises which does not know God nor the work He has done for their nation. In those verses we read that after Joshua died and after his generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation arose after them who did not know the LORD or the work which He had done for Israel. Then the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and served the Baals; and they forsook the LORD God of their fathers…And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel. So He delivered them into the hands of plunderers who despoiled them; and He sold them into the hands of their enemies all around, so that they could no longer stand before their enemies.
America is in a similar place more than likely because most Americans do not know what God has done for our nation. Surely it is obvious from this Scripture Americans need to learn and teach all generations what God has done in and for America, since this information has been censored for decades in public education, and society causing most Christians as well as pastors to be uninformed on this! To help counter that, we need to learn more about God’s involvement with Christopher Columbus being a missionary as well as an explorer, then passing the info onto family members, church members, email contacts, etc., especially for Columbus Day.
Many know the fact that on October 12, 1492, land was first sighted from the Columbus ship the Pinta. But how many know, or need reminding of this info: The land was soon named San Salvador, which means Holy Savior. Columbus’ first name, “Christopher”, means “light bearer.” He kept journals and one written in 1505 was named Book of Prophecies because he quoted so many prophecies. It was translated into English in 1991 by Kay Brigham, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, so we can read Columbus’ own words from his journal:
It was the Lord who put into my mind (I could feel His hand upon me) to sail to the Indies. All who heard of my project rejected it with laughter, ridiculing me. There is no question that the inspiration was from the Holy Spirit, because He comforted me with rays of marvelous illumination from the Holy Scriptures. For the execution of the journey to the Indies I did not make use of intelligence, mathematics, or maps. It is simply the fulfillment of what Isaiah prophesied… the signs are that the Lord is hastening the end. The fact that [the] gospel must still be preached to so many lands in such a short time…this is what convinces me.
In answer to the question asked in this article’s title as to who said Columbus was a missionary, Columbus did.
Sadly, Columbus Day is usually only remembered by and for business sales or picnics, etc., but hopefully knowledgeable people should remember the way it should be – honoring the Lord for His work done in and through Columbus! Take time this holiday to thank the Lord for Columbus, the explorer and missionary who helped lay the groundwork for America’s freedoms.