January 18th. Martin Luther King Jr. day. A day when the people of this nation remember the great struggles that have taken place on the battle front of racism. Many have lost their lives on that front and still do to this day. St. Louis stands as notably one of the most divided cities in the country, and as of late has been a hot bed for racial tension and violence.
Where is this tension coming from? How did St. Louis, as well as many other major cities, end up in the condition it is currently in? What are the spiritual roots and impacts of the racism and oppression in these areas?
These were the topics of discussion when we were visited by a group from Richmond, Virginia this week from the local YWAM chapter there. They set out on a trip across country with the goal of understanding, exploring and waging spiritual warfare against this longstanding racism that runs deep in our nation. They paid a visit to some of the key landmarks having to do with division and reconciliation in this area and we were able to share with them some of our experiences and struggles with overcoming the barriers of racism in our own ministry. We invited the group to watch the film "The Pruitt Igoe Myth" and open their eyes to some of the foundations of this generations old feud. I'm glad we were able to share this time with them and I hope that God continues to bless their search for reconciliation.