Yesterday I brought my wife and son to watch “Wonder Woman.”
It began with Wonder Woman reminiscing, “I used to want to save the world, this beautiful place. But the closer you get, the more you see the great darkness within. I learnt this the hard way, a long, long time ago.”
The wonder of this movie is not the great visuals and actions. This warrior princess may wow us with her agility and strength, not to mention those accessories particularly the indestructible bracelets and glowing lasso that beats any lie detector.
This superhero came to save a world torn by the hatred and wars of men. She is motivated by the simple thought that if she kills Ares, the Greek god of war, there will be no more war, and the world will be saved. But soon she came to the soul-shattering realization that war cannot end by slaying one villain. You cannot put the blame of violence and evil in the world on one person because everyone is culpable. She witnessed both the evil and the good that men are capable of.
The wonder of this superhero movie that really hits home is the repeated line – “It’s not what you deserve, but what you believe.”
It ends with Wonder Woman choosing to fight for what she believes in and not what fight for what is deserved. She chose to believe in love.
In many ways, this reflects the spirit of another Superhero, Jesus Christ who said:
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbour and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust” (Matthew 5:43-45).
During the US Civil War, hatred was so entrenched between the North and South. In one instance, President Abraham Lincoln was criticized for giving benevolent treatment to the captured Southern rebels. The critics reminded Lincoln that there was a war going on, the Confederates were their enemies, and they should be destroyed. But Lincoln responded, “I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.”
Abraham Lincoln chose to do what he believes and not what they deserve.
So did Martin Luther King Junior who also said, “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.”
The war rages within and without. Evil and violence go on a rampage with what many think is a deserving line of thought – “Don’t get mad; get even!”
But let’s fight for what we believe in Romans 12:21.
“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
To return evil for evil is natural. But to return good for evil is supernatural. If I may add, a spiritual “superhero.”
Will you be “superhero” to impact your world?