Pastor Miles McPherson of San Diego’s The Rock Church believes the best way to battle racism is to do so on “a spiritual level.”
During a sermon he preached on Sunday, McPherson centered his message on racial tensions in the United States following the shooting deaths of black men Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile Minnesota, at the hands of police officers last week.
This was followed by racially-motivated shootings in Georgia, Tennessee and Missouri in which civilians and police officers were shot at, leaving one woman dead after being killed by Lakeem Keon Scott in Bristol, Tennessee, while she was driving her car on a highway last Thursday. Later that same day, 12 people were shot during a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas, Texas. Eleven of the injured were police officers, five later died from their wounds. The man who shot them, Micah Johnson, said he “wanted to kill while people,” specifically white police officers.
McPherson said that combating racism has to go beyond merely “tolerating” others and should focus more on “loving” others instead.
“It’s not a black and white issue, it’s not a police and non-police issue, there’s a spiritual issue going on and as the House of God we need to understand that,” said McPherson.
“And we need to notice that there’s a bigger issue above all of that, and as the people of God we have to fight on that level. What the devil is trying to do is to divide people and cause people to fight each other, shoot each other, and kill each other and point fingers.”