|American Minute with Bill FedererGREED v. GOSPEL – Story of Bartolome’ de Las Casas – Apostle of the Indies|
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Apostle of the Indies, Bartolome’ de Las Casas, died JULY 17, 1566.
In 1502, he left Spain for the West Indies, where he became a hacendado of a plantation and a slave owner of native Americans.
He participated in slave raids and military expeditions against the native populations of Hispaniola and Cuba.
Las Casas became the first priest ordained in the New World.
In 1514, while preparing a Pentecost Sunday sermon, Las Casas read from the Book of Ecclesiasticus (Sirach) 34:18-22, that if one offers as a sacrifice an animal that they have obtained dishonestly, it is unacceptable, and it is as murder to deprive someone of his means of making a living.
Convicted in his heart, Bartolome’ de Las Casas dedicated the rest of his life to stopping the enslavement of native Americans.
He became Bishop of Chiapas and was officially appointed “Protector of the Indians.”
The King agreed with their cause but died a month later before doing anything about it.
In 1531, on Tepeyac Hill outside of the former Aztec capitol of Mexico City, the story of Indian Juan Diego and ‘The Virgin of Guadalupe’ resulted in an estimate 15 million Indians being baptized in the next 20 years in what many consider the largest mass conversion in history.
Las Casas became hated by those profiting off of slavery.
Those motivated by GREED took advantage of natives while those motivated by the GOSPEL tried to help them as Bartolome’ de Las Casas did.
Las Casas wrote “A brief report on the Destruction of the Indians” and “Apologetica historia de las Indias.”
Las Casas, motivated by the GOSPEL, wrote:
“The main goal of divine Providence in the discovery of these tribes…is…the conversion and well-being of souls, and to this goal everything temporal must necessarily be directed.”
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