Pastor Miles McPherson gave practical advice on how individuals can bridge racial divisions in American culture. (Photo: Tavit’s Photography)

How should Americans act in a society that forces people to choose between “us and them”? According to Pastor Miles McPherson, a former NFL player and senior pastor of Rock Church in San Diego, the answer is to choose a third option, which is not to choose.

“When God looks at our country, He says, why can’t you all get along?” Pastor McPherson said. “I have every hope we can get together.”

Pastor McPherson gave attendees at Resource Bank practical advice on how to build engagement between diverse communities and make positive changes in our country – starting with ourselves.  To learn more, check out his latest book, The Third Option: Hope for a Racially Divided Nation.

In what way do you build bridges with people who are outside of your “in-group”?

Comments (11)

Greg - May 31, 2019

Talk about MLK dream when people will be judged by their character & not by the color of their skin. Talk about honesty, courage, hard workers when you identify a group of people and stop identifying people as African-American, Latinos, Muslims, etc.

Rickey Joe Story - May 31, 2019

Make America Great Again

LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR!

Carolyn Walters - May 31, 2019

Start praying for them, asking the Good Lord to open a door so they can really hear what is really going on and trust the good Lord that they will be able to reach and bring them into your group

Chris Milord - May 31, 2019

In early April of this year, I heard Miles McPherson speak at Eastside Christian Church in Anaheim, Ca. His sermon articulated how we can choose a third option instead of the usual us vs. them mentality. It was an excellent lesson that was laced with humor. I could relate to it as I grew up all over N. America with folks from many ethnic and religious backgrounds. It’s important that we reach out to all people regardless of color, creed, or social status. As Americans, we are all in this adventure together. We even have to set an example for the disrespectful and the hypocrites. This is not an easy thing to do, but who said that life and human relations was easy? Nothing of great value comes easy, but through prayer and struggle, lives can be transformed. I was impressed by the conversion experience of McPherson and how he turned his life around to serve the Lord. God bless him and the USA.

Marilyn S Mackey - June 1, 2019

I don’t think of being in an “in-group”.
All people have worth and should be accepted.

D Ray - June 1, 2019

As a Caucasian, I’ve visited two back churches. The one was for an event. The second was a small established community church, where I knew an elderly member. I felt comfortable to in both places. At the latter, I found myself continually nodding to the comments of the pastor about child rearing. I intentionally went to both places. I’ve also had KCarl Smith (Fredrick Douglas Republicans) speak to groups. One of my Caucasian friends is now on his board. KCarl said that Caucasians can have as much, if not more influence in with Blacks. Many of them, he has said, are conservative, they just don’t know it. As a Christian, I tend to view people as souls (in need of a Savior) irrespective of race. The harvest is ripe for the laborers…

Pamela J Skovira - June 1, 2019

I don’t have an “in-group”but i talk to my democrat friends the same way I talk to anyone else. With honesty and sincerety and I ask them to do the same in talking to me. That way we both get a look at the situation in different ways. It opens my eyes sometimes to new ideas and gives me talking points others times. i think it works that way with the other person also if they’re really being honest and open. If they’re minds are closed and only believe what they hear from the media and hate groups then there’s not much that can pry their minds open anyway.

Diane - June 1, 2019

My group is made up of everyone; religion, color. I go by how you act. Mom’s aide came from another country is SA and we have become adopted sisters. I grew up in school with different religions and races. it never bothered me. If I don’t like someone; I ignore them. That’s what I was taught as a child. you don’t go out of your way to harm anyone. Today, if you don’t like someone; you attack them Why??? What do you get out of doing that???? that is a Bully.

Tina G. - June 2, 2019

Neither do I think of being in an “in-group”. But I DO think that I am an American citizen. So, if I came across someone who had just walked over the border and acted as though they should have all the benefits that a U.S. citizen has, I would kindly and definitely refer them to the closest “Dept. of Immigration” or whatever gov’t. group is in charge of dealing with immigration circumstances. I believe, in these cases, we U.S. citizens should not be put in the position of freely “taking in” undocumented foreigners and thus possibly breaking the law. I believe it’s true that “All that evil needs to flourish is for Good Men to do nothing.” Hence, in some cases, our gov’t. needs to intercede, and the everyday citizen can then be free to accept all people. I love Jesus and God’s people, and am Happy to live for Him. Amen.

Lee Allred - June 2, 2019

I was taught as a child and have taught my children to treat everyone with kindness and respect, to befriend those without friends. We are all children of God. I love meeting people from various backgrounds and races. There is so much to learn from them. Everyone has value.

Allan L. Carpenter - June 9, 2019

I believe in creation, so all humans are one race. Therefore, every other human is equal with me. This my position in any conversation involving me.

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