Former NFL player Miles McPherson, now a pastor, shared his story about finding God in an interview with Fox News, and as inspirational as that story is, his views on race are what’s opening eyes in today’s racially charged political environment.
Plugging his new book, “The Third Option, Hope For A Racially Divided Nation” the ex-player talked about laying on the couch in the early morning hours four decades ago, coming off a cocaine high. Having teammates in his ear who had a relationship with Jesus Christ, McPherson said that was the moment he realized things weren’t going in the right direction and he decided to give his life to God.
“I decided I’m not going to do this anymore,” he said. “I’m going to commit myself to Christ and that day, at 5 o’clock in the morning, I asked Christ to be my savior and I never did cocaine again.”
“The reason I wrote the book is because we have an ‘Us v. Them’ culture and it’s a dishonoring culture,” McPherson explained.
He noted that social media only makes matters worse because there are often no consequences, and coupled with the actions of the media, people are being forced to choose between two sides.
But the pastor presents a third option: honoring “what we have in common.”
“We’re all made in the image of the same God,” McPherson said, as he talked about shared goals most people have.
“If we focus on what we have in common, we can really get along,” he added. “The problem is that the ‘racial cloud’ and rhetoric destroys our ability to get there.”
“The book is to give people tools and solutions on how to work that down so I can now see you and appreciate you, and honor you and understand you.”
And while things took a real dive under President Barack Obama, who may have set back race relations back a half century in this country with his progressive views on race that declares all white people are inherently racist, McPherson told Fox News his passion to try and help people get along began the day O.J. Simpson was acquitted of murder.
“I cried…the country was so divided and you didn’t see it as clearly as when the verdict was read,” he recalled. “And it just broke my heart to see how divided we were.”
McPherson added that “people are wonderful…but if you don’t know them and you have ideas about them, you’re never going to really appreciate how beautiful they are.”
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