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 If one is armed to the hilt, heavily invested in street culture, and looking for a fight, one is likely to find it. We people have a way of narrating our own stories. Live by the sword, die by the sword.

Now of course writing your own script is not an absolute art form. There are some variables. Sometimes God will even show up to bail us out of our own bad narratives. For the most part however, the way we perceive our personal world and the narratives we speak over ourselves shape our lives. (Or the narratives we allow others to speak over us that we internalize.)

One reason why I became so interested in the culture war was because I realized our personal narratives were being written FOR us. Within feminism for example, there is a narrative that teaches women we are oppressed, hated, likely to be victimized, paid less than men for the same work, and must live in constant fear of rapists hiding in the stairwell. That’s a narrative, a script. Whether it is actually true or not is irrelevant, because it becomes true when you internalize those negative perceptions of yourself and the world around you. If you believe it to be true, that is how you will walk in the world. It can become a self fulfilling prophecy and consciously or unconsciously, one goes forth confirming those biases.

Racial narratives can do the same thing, become internalized negative perceptions of oneself and the world around you. So, if you believe the world is full of racists who wish death upon you, and any possible pursuit of happiness is statistically unattainable, you will walk that way  in the world. Once again, truth is not really relevant here, what you believe is true, what you have internalized as “truth,” is what matters. Consciously or unconsciously, one goes forth and confirms those biases.

I don’t like the stories we’re writing. I don’t like the scripts that are being imposed on us and I don’t like the narratives we are being sold. They are designed to manipulate and influence behavior, often in ways that are quite harmful to us as individuals.

We really need to change the script, rewrite the whole narrative, both collectively, culturally, and as individuals. Write your own darn narrative, because the ones that are being written for us have a dark side to them that cares nothing for the well being of people.

In Jesus Christ we are IN the world, but not OF the world. The narratives that the world tries to write for us need not become  our narratives, in fact we are called to reject most of them and to perceive ourselves as God perceives us, as having been created in His image and having such worth and value, He gave His life for us. That is the only narrative that truly matters.