Today I saw Wonder Woman, a movie that had gotten praise from those around me, so, as always I went to see it myself to form my own thoughts. Mind you, the three people who came into the theater during the previews who sat next to me in their reserved seats, one of them was an older gentleman who had a prosthetic leg. Whether he was a soldier or whatever happened, I understand how Wonder Woman can resonate with people with her metallic deflection ability, her feminine strength not only in battle but dignity, a warrior who observes about human nature, who tells the Scotsman who is dealing with internal battles, “Who will sing for us?”
I sat at barnes and noble thinking for a time, staring at the Christian bookshelf, reflecting on all those we look up to, whose books are read and why. How before the camera, people’s books were respected and read and recommended without having to identify a book by whose face is in it. Am I saying comics are evil? No. Not even close. I just observe how different things are now. I looked at book covers and ones such as C.S. Lewis & Oswald Chambers and even more modern ones today like John McArthur and Max Lucado and Jen Hatmaker don’t seem to be threatened that no one will read what they have to say if their face isn’t stamped on the cover or that it is the cover. Am I saying that people who do are insecure and evil? I don’t know them so I can’t make a fair call on insecurities and as for evil, I hesitate to call anyone such, though we all can choose to be wicked or not. I’m just looking at book covers. Aren’t I supposed to be writing about Wonder Woman? What on earth does any of what I’ve said so far have anything to do with the movie? Why I was reflecting on how this world has changed is because there was a lot of change in Diana’s world as Wonder Woman. But also how she is changing world views of women who watch this.
The Influence of not needing someone
Now, it is true that codependency is not healthy and that needing someone to fulfill the God hole in the heart is not a healthy outlook. Whenever a movie such as this with a strong female protagonist comes out I hear it from one or more women, the relief and happiness that a movie shows a woman who doesn’t need a man. However, we ought to use caution when we apply this not needing a man mentality as women of faith. Healthy hearts appreciate being wanted. We, in our confusion, often interchange the two very different words. Some people use other people for what that person can give them. Some people run from the things they need to be taught or enriched. Neither is a great place. I see more and more people in the time and world I live in now proclaim independence as a good thing. I’m not saying everyone is to get married. Indeed, there are those who rejoice in their calling to be kingdom eunuchs. But independence is something Wonder Woman can’t address a solution to because she in essence is a reincarnation that inconsistently will not die.
The Theological and Cultural Mishmash with the film
One of the things that interested me in going to see this film to begin with was the fact that the media was perpetuating the racial issue of Wonder Woman being a “white” Israeli woman. I find it very interesting that that took front page and is what people are talking about, rather than the issues that an Israeli woman who believes in the living God would do this pantheistic film. The real God, who isn’t Zeus, doesn’t die. “Well, I know that!” You might say. But do we really anymore? Do we distinguish things? Will we if this keeps up? I hear more and more people in the world I live in mash fiction writers who research and care about truth into a lump with those who only care about their opinion and write what makes people “feel good”. Spoiler alert backstory to the film for those who haven’t seen it: Diana’s mother tells the backstory to Diana that Zeus and Aries (God of war) had a fight and with Zeus’ last breath he made the god destroyer sword. Only thing is, as we find later in the story, Diana is the god destroyer because in this story, only another god can kill a god.
What makes the tailored theology of this film intriguing is they make Zeus out as if He is God, because like the Biblical account, Zeus makes all mankind good and Aries poisons humanity against each other. So once again, we are spiritually being conditioned and taught that humor, creativity, dignity and totally human moments such as when her heart breaks are and ought to be separated from sound teaching…that the days of Narnia are dead and have no place on screen. I’d love the chance to prove this wrong. As a messianic and possible Jew, as I recently found that some Hahns were Germanic Jews, I read of Paul’s passion to reach his own people, having met Messiah and of the travels to reach Greek Gentiles as well, rather than adopting human creativity over Ruach inspired creativity. It’s a favorite lie of the enemy to get us as humans to believe that God is boring or that God Himself is bored as an explanation as to why God does things (Guardians of the Galaxy 2 & Last Days in the Desert movies) and pull us away from the vast diversity created, many things that have gone extinct doe to our rejected responsibility.
The aspiration to be God
Now, is Wonder Woman the protagonist? Yes. Does her very humanesque qualities of compassion and honor resonate with you and I? Yes. Do I know the depth of love she felt for the soldier she befriended and how a heart can let out a rending cry at death’s separation? Yes. Do I need to use discernment especially as a woman who knows emotions and their power picking who I aspire to be like? Yes. The downside to deity or semi diety characters in stories is often that they outlive the one they love. In the film, Midnight in Paris, Gertrude Stein tells the protagonist essentially that stories must offer a solution to the reader. Wonder woman’s solution was to not let anyone in again. This is the world’s view of God: good, but distant and impersonal. One may argue that she isn’t impersonal that she embraces her job to save humanity, but her personal connection with them is the object, a photo, a memory, past tense rather than futuristic and/or present.
We see the Living God who is unlike all other “gods” whom the Bible defines as idols, declare that he has plans for us of good and a future that show up consistently in scripture with sending His only son to be the bridge of atonement for the Sin that comes between God and ourselves. Diana has no connection to her father. Jesus is the only way to God. The world and especially the film world is pushing a woman deity, not only with Wonder Woman, but the heretical Shack as well. Although God has nurturing qualities we see reflected in the feminine, that does not change the fact He refers to Himself and the Holy Spirit as “He”. Even in ancient history people worshipped false female deities. I reflect on The scriptures how when The glory of God shone from Moshe’s face, the people did not fall down and worship Moses because they had encountered God at Sinai and seen His response to the golden calf, even though they grumbled and complained like children regarding food and assumption of God’s plan. There were certain things, even as spiritual children that they knew better. I find it ironic how many people will accept the comfort of the lies that this film perpetuates because the protagonist is not about being lazy.
I see more and more people in the world I live in as opposed to the one I grew up in that even Christians accept this ideal of being their own God, thinking they have self sufficient strength or thinking faith is unhinged from the many other aspects of God ignoring both design and pattern. It is Satan’s desire to be God. It is satan’s plan to get our minds so conditioned as to not distinguish him from God, as he will set up in future as spoken in The prophet Daniel, as if he is God. There is an innate desire for power in us, but if we don’t connect with power of the Holy Spirit and learn the power of Truth true power will never be known, nor will we learn.