4) Wonder Woman has taken our culture by storm.
Since Wonder Woman’s debut two weeks ago, the internet has blown up about this movie. From kids’ reactions to positive reviews to picture recreating, Wonder Woman is the current obsession. Two weeks later and I’m still seeing friends in my news feed enjoying this movie. Not only was it a box office hit, but a true cultural sensation.
A culturally responsive Christian must be aware of his or her culture. I’m not saying Christians should watch just any sin-filled movie that hits the theater. We should definitely guard our hearts and minds. However, Wonder Woman is not raunchy or unwholesome. Evangelism and discipleship happen by forming relationships. Relationships are often formed over common interests. You could have the opportunity to strike up a conversation about the Wonder Woman film (and maybe talk about the Christian parallels?) and form a relationship with an unbeliever who loves superheroes and comic books. I always say that Christians who wish to spread the gospel in this culture need to be aware of the components that make up this culture. In fact, there are multiple accounts of Paul’s ministry in which his knowledge of other beliefs and cultural symbols helped his ministry.
“Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: “People of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: to an unknown god. So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship—and this is what I am going to proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else.” ~ Acts 17:22-25