Former NFL player and founder of a California megachurch, Miles McPherson is gearing up to host a “Race for Unity” simulcast in conjunction with the release of his new book, The Third Option: Hope for a Racially Divided Nation. The minister shared a sports metaphor which he says could really help the church of all races come together to defeat the enemy.
“Racial division has been a part of my life my whole life whether it be with my family or the neighborhoods I lived in,” McPherson told The Christian Post in a recent interview.
The pastor is taking his experiences and directly responding to recent racially-charged conflicts in the country.
The Rock Church senior pastor comes from a very diverse family and has always dealt with merging cultures. He has a white grandmother and a half black and Chinese grandmother.
“All of my life I was loved and raised by people from different ethnicities,” he shared. “Playing football, I was coached by people from different ethnicities and out on the field we gave our all. So all my life, I had extreme interactions with people from different ethnicities.”
“We may see people mistreating each other, or speaking down to other people just because of what they look like and I realize how much they don’t know about those same people,” he added. “If you look down so much, it’s going to be self-fulfilling prophecy versus allowing God to show what greatness He has placed in other people.”
He went on to share what he observed about about racial unity during his time as a professional football player for the San Diego Chargers in the NFL.
“As a fan, you have a team you’re rooting for and it’s you against another team. You don’t care who helps you because your team won,” McPherson said.
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Source: Christian Post