It is questions that have been so important to me especially over this past year. I heard the question in the title of this post the other day and I believe this is probably the question that frames about everything that has happened in my life beginning in the spring of 2006.
Here is what I started to realize had shaped much of who I had become, with a covering of religion over it all.
I started too educated myself as to what these things really mean and how they make us who we are as individuals and as a collective whole. I became so aware of how my life had been shaped by all of these things. It was then that I began to see how a lot of this shaping really didn't seem to fit with the message of love, grace, and freedom/liberation.
So, what is the story that dominates our lives? Is it the things of the nation we find ourselves in, or something more defined by real love and freedom and true belonging?