Today is National Bank (and Government Offices) Sabbath Day. But, it is also Columbus Day.
I think a lot of people are disenfranchised with Columbus Day, or at least with the fact that we can’t withdraw any money. And, honestly, as long as I can remember having critical thinking skills (which, admittedly, is not all that long) I remember questioning why we have a “Columbus Day.” Didn’t he just “discover” some land that had already been discovered, and, in fact, inhabited, for quite some time?
But, there’s another aspect for us to consider from a Christian standpoint: should we celebrate what Columbus “accomplished?” Here’s a video offering an interesting perspective.
Now, I know most people don’t really “celebrate” Columbus Day. But, I’m not really talking about Columbus Day, anyway. This all brings up a more important subject, an aspect of human nature: we tend to forget or ignore certain negative elements of history.
Don’t we tend to glamorize certain stories? Isn’t it interesting that those are usually nationalistic stories (our “Revolution” was, to England, a rebellion)? Or stories that contributed to our personal benefit (over 100 men lost their lives in the construction of the Hoover Dam)?
Winston Churchill said, “History is written by the victors.” That means we have to be careful what we celebrate, as Christians, because the events and holidays we “remember” may not be holy (the root of holi-day) at all. The wars and victories we commemorate may not be worthy of such honor. And, more personally, the sins I have committed, though they be forgiven, ought not be forgotten. I don’t want to be guilty of celebrating what I should have mourned and learned from.