I really wasn’t sure about watching the film Wonder Woman at first. I mean wasn’t it just going to be a woman prancing about in her undies? A movie made for middle-aged men and teenage boys? Thankfully, after reading some positive reviews, I was persuaded to watch it, and I’m pleased I did. In fact, I liked it so much, I decided to write a devotion about it!
In the age of the princess*, this film portrayed a truly strong woman, who was willing to go to the front line of battle to fight for what she believed was right. Finally, a truly positive role model for women and girls.
Or maybe just me? Anyway, I know that after watching that film I was fired up to save the world!
And then I walked out of the cinema, to a street cordoned off with police tapes, with bloody footprints across the pavement, and come home to watch news of so many people dying in that tragic fire. And real life hit again.
And like so many people I feel saddened and angry.
And then I let these feeling dissipate.
And I sit back and watch from a distance. Not really wanting to get involved. Not wanting to get my hands dirty. When in fact, the Christian life is one where we should not only get our hands dirty, but get completely covered in muck and filth.**
When God called us, he didn’t call us to sit around in churches having nice meetings. He called us into a battle. And we need to be out there. Fighting. On the front line of battle.
Whatever that means we can know it’s not likely to be comfortable.
It may mean our knees are aching from praying. It may mean making difficult decisions in order to stand up for our faith, it may mean getting out there and doing things we never thought we could and talking to people we don’t really feel comfortable talking to. It may mean really taking risks, and deciding to move into that rough estate, in order to minister to the people there, or live abroad.
Whatever it means we can know that we are protected.
There’s a beautiful scene in Wonder Woman, where Diana walks straight into war, as bullets are fired directed at her. They are raining down on her. But she is protected with her shield.
This is a picture we all need to get hold of. There is a world of pain and suffering out there, and God commands us to go. But we are safe. We can walk into anything with God at our side. Because we are protected with the shield of faith.
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armour of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 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. 13 Therefore put on the full armour 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. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled round your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (Ephesians 6: 1-17)
*Wonder woman is actually a princess, but not the pink princess who sits around nibbling cupcakes and contouring her cheeks.
**I want to say a much stronger word than this, but I’m restraining myself as I know it will needlessly offend.