Racism is a problem in America.
That much is obvious. What isn’t so obvious is what to do about it. Nothing society has dreamed up has eradicated it. In fact, one could argue that certain movements seeking positive change have deepened the cultural divide rather than bridged it.
Inadvertently or intentionally, the underlying cultural message has often been “choose your side.” Stand against the black community or stand for the black community. Stand against the white community or stand for the white community.
I grew up in Compton, California. I’ve seen the ugliness of racism up close. So has Pastor Miles McPherson. He grew up in a black neighborhood, but went to school in a white neighborhood. He says he was too dark for white people and too light for black people. He was disrespected and mistreated by both races.
He and I both agree that there’s a better option than choosing sides: recognize that every single person is created in God’s image and deserves respect. “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male or female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28, ESV).
That kind of love for our fellow man requires more from Christians than quoting a Bible verse. It’s the truth of that verse put into action that changes lives, communities, and nations.
I had lunch with Miles a while back, and he shared his heart on this issue with me. I knew I had to share his views with you. On our Focus on the Family Broadcast, we’re airing a recorded message from Miles that challenges believers to see God’s image in our neighbor, no matter what their color!
Miles McPherson is the senior pastor of The Rock Church in San Diego. He’s out there trying to make a difference by building bridges in racially-divided communities across the country. He experienced racism as a former player in the NFL and has witnessed its devastating effects firsthand.
Miles understands the problem, but also he understands one of the most important ingredients to the solution.
Join us for a fast-paced, insightful message we’ve titled “Seeing God’s Image in All Men,” recorded at a church conference in Alabama. Listen on your local radio station, online, on iTunes, via Podcast, or on our free phone app.
I also encourage you to get Miles’ book The Third Option: Hope for a Racially Divided Nation. For a gift of any amount, we’ll send you a copy. (Check our website for details.)