Bridges – Stepping Forward with Lilka and Andy — Susan Irene Fox

How can I hope to bridge the gap and promote meaningful conversation in regard to race? What pre-conceived notions do I need to leave behind in order to bridge the gap? How far across the bridge do I need to walk? What conversations are pertinent and necessary right now to bring unity to a hurting […]

via Bridges – Stepping Forward with Lilka and Andy — Susan Irene Fox

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24 thoughts on “Bridges – Stepping Forward with Lilka and Andy — Susan Irene Fox

  1. I think, Andy, the only legitimate question you proffer is the one “What pre-conceived notions do I need to leave behind in order to bridge the gap?” All of the other questions you raise will only have answers which will mask or whitewash the problem.

    What gives your one question legitimacy is the fact there is an honest, truthful answer to man’s pre-conceived notions on race and racism. Modern views of race, and thereby racism, is fundamentally attributed to Charles Darwin and his Origins of the Species [and evolution].

    Here is the bottom line, Andy. “Darwinian evolution was (and still is) 1. inherently a racist philosophy, teaching that different groups or “races” of people evolved at different times and rates, so some groups are more like their apelike ancestors than others. 2. Leading evolutionist Stephen Jay Gould claimed, “Biological arguments for racism may have been common before 1859, but they increased by orders of magnitude following the acceptance of evolutionary theory.”

    To answer your question of “What pre-conceived notions do I need to leave behind in order to bridge the gap?” 1: Man must preach against Darwinian Evolution and disband any notion of race development and superiority. 2: Replace it with what the Bible teaches about race or the Origins of Man. That would be your meaningful conversation in regards to race.

    Perhaps by the beginning of next week I’ll complete a post on this…. Hopefully it will help all of mankind overcome the issue of race.

    May the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob bless you and yours.

    Yours in Christ;
    Michael

    • Thanks for your comment Michael. The background is good. Our goal here is to do what so many talk about but never do, and that is to talk with each other. Understanding our cultures is key to understanding each other. Darwin is dead, his philosophy does live on. We hope to have others join this Christian conversation in January. The three of us are just the beginning. With Christ we can do all things regardless of Darwin and our past! As always, I appreciate you!

    • Michael, it is not just a question of evolution; it is a question of environment and misinterpretation. And if we don’t actively engage in these discussions, we will deny the problem exists. Seeking answers or solutions to problems never masks or whitewashes a problem; ignoring the problem does. I agree that a Darwinian philosophy is inherently racist – but so are other philosophies. And frankly, one can call himself a Christian and sound and act like a racist. We as Christians should be standing at the forefront of the discussion because our Saviour came to reconcile everyone to the Father through His love and grace. And we hope to add all our voices to the solution of unity.

  2. I think any discussion of this sort must start with mutual respect. I rarely feel that in my discussions on this topic. It’s usually pedantic, lecturing. So I keep my mouth shut!

    • When we get started in January please join us Jacqui. Your opinion and encouragement and thoughts are always important me and any conversation we have. Thanks!

    • Jacqui, we want to approach this through Christ’s love and compassion for everyone. We hope to encourage everyone to participate, to see another person’s point of view, and to see each other through the eyes of Christ. We will monitor all posts and of course, ensure all comments and responses are respectful.

  3. Love the cartoon. Many certainly are in denial re: the sometimes subtle evidance of racism … and these are questions we are all pondering these days, more than ever with hate crimes on the rise. Sadly. Thanks for your post.

    • Thank you Jamie. Please join us in January. This is Susan’s post. Lilka will be posting about this next week and I the next week. Then in January we will start with everyone. Blessings!

    • Jamie, you’re welcome. We hope to address all issues, and truly desire to promote both open conversation and unity. We can only do that if we are all honest with ourselves. I hope you join us.

  4. These are good questions to ask. I see the bridge as the cross of Jesus. It is the love God has for every person. Jesus did not die for just a few good people, but for every person. When we have the love of God in us, we will be crossing that bridge to understand and love others, instead of being racist in any way. Love will remove any pre-conceived ideas or past hurts to remove false beliefs or teachings that are racist.
    Thanks for sharing.

  5. Your pleas are so compassionate, Andy, so just keep going with your writer’s flow…it’s compelling, genuine and inviting. Looking forward to all. If you would, it would be great to see you more on Twitter & instead of checking my email, you could just feel free to Tweet me on this! 😉

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