Four year old Cassie used to walk around the house crossing her wrists like she was wearing Wonder Woman’s bullet deflecting bracelets and saying, “I am Diana. Princess of Themyscira.” Anybody remember the Justice League Animated Show that debuted on Cartoon Network in 2001? If you don’t, get on Netflix right now and have the binge of your life. That show was my childhood!
I always had an admiration for Wonder Woman. She was kind, bold, and fierce. I had her action figures, I had her clothes, I had her Halloween costume, and you best believe her barbie doll ruled the castle. As you can imagine, the night the movie premiered, I drug my husband to the theater and stood in line for the best seat. My childhood dreams were coming true. You can also imagine my sadness in the following week when I would see various articles and posts on Facebook warning Christians to stay away from my now favorite film because of its roots in Greek mythology.
Here’s 5 reasons I think that’s silly (*SPOILERS*):
1) Wonder Woman reminds us of the struggle between good and evil.
The whole “McGuffin” of Wonder Woman is this: There is a Great War and Diana vehemently believes that Ares is behind it all. She will journey to the center of the battle to defeat the god of war and free the humans from his evil influence.
I don’t know about you, but I see a great spiritual parallel. Satan’s influence is all around us. Our cultures, our societies, and our homes are plagued with evil and corruption. We, as followers of Christ, have the tools to combat evil and point those under Satan’s influence toward Christ. Our mission is not very different from Diana’s. While it may not be as simple as slaying one villain, every time we preach the gospel or show the love of Christ, we throw a stone at Satan and celebrate one battle’s victory.
” Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” ~ Paul (Romans 6:10-13)