I would never tell anyone not to go see Wonder Woman; it is a gorgeous film.
But we walked out of it and here’s why.
Let me start off by saying how much I love the Wonder Woman character. Not only was she my favorite character growing up (followed closely by X-Men’s Storm) but I loved the way she was portrayed in this movie. And no one was more perfectly suited for the role than Gal Gadot. She is absolutely stunning in the role and absolutely pitch perfect. She exudes the innocence, hopefulness, earnestness and fierce determination to fight all wrongs; no matter the consequences. When her companions all want to run away, she stands for truth, beauty, goodness and honor. She believes they can achieve the impossible and refuses to listen to the excuses of men in order to accomplish the seemingly insurmountable tasks. And I must say that Gadot is a stunning wonder; a marvel to behold. I definitely want that Lasso of Truth and that costume! And as an Avengers fan, I was excited to finally see a female superhero character take the lead in a movie.
However, the rest of the film was hard to stomach. Besides the references to Zeus as creator and other gods, I experienced far too many face-cringing moments. Let’s review some background…
There is a nationwide movement to uphold the virtues of Christianity without Christ, to celebrate Christmas without Christ and to enjoy the benefits of His Spiritual Gifts without a relationship with God. This movement seeks the virtues of hope, faith and love in a way that negates its origination in Christ Jesus. Developing within this movement is a third-person consciousness that these virtues alone have power in and of themselves. Sadly, their virtues neither point back to its Creator nor do they emanate from Him. They believe Faith itself is a power. Love alone is a power. Believe alone has a power. Through sheer will power People will say, “Have Faith.” But have faith in what? “Just Believe,” they say. But just believe in what? Or in whom? These virtues are words alone if not pointed back towards God.
So it rankles me to the core, when anyone (or any movie) attributes the virtues of God to some other entity or when Godly virtues are assigned powers in and of themselves. Years ago, I met a guy who told me that he worshipped the sun. At the time, I was really young but I just thought that was the dumbest thing I had ever heard of. The sun does not have the power to heal, to hear your prayers nor to answer them. As I treaded carefully in refuting his beliefs, he began to extol the beauty of the sun. It helps the flowers grow and keeps us from freezing to death. I said, “No, it is God who does that.” The sun has no personality, no mind and no power other than what its Creator assigned to it. The sun cannot and does not know that it helps flowers grow or that it keeps warm the third planet from it. It only “knows” one thing…God told it to shine…and it has been obeying ever since. “Instead,” I asked, “wouldn’t it be great to worship the One who created this big beautiful star?”
So, whether one acknowledges the Originator of ones’ virtues or not, God is still the one who blessed you with those virtues in the first place. I am against any notion that gives credence to this newfound movements’ ideals on virtues without attributing it to God. I am against propaganda. I am against any idea that gleefully praises a “good person living with good virtues” in the absence of God. What they gleefully want to promote is that you don’t need God in order to be a fierce champion of the people like Wonder Woman.
Have there been people who have exuded these virtues and were not Believers in Christ? Absolutely! Do we know very nice, loving people who are not Believers in Christ? Absolutely! But those virtues came from, were originated by God alone. Hebrews 12:2, “Looking into Jesus the author and finisher of our faith;…”
“Every good and perfect gift comes down from above, coming down from the Father of lights…” (James 1:17) & He causes the sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
The movie also seemed to be a champion of women’s rights and many feminist groups have touted its inspiration. The plot line seemed determined to emasculate the men while extolling the virtues of a hindered woman. Listen, a man does not need to be emasculated in order for a woman to be made powerful and strong. Isn’t that what women felt that powerful men did to them before women’s rights? So, when we get into a position of power, why do we return the favor?
Wonder Woman’s ‘crew of men’ seemed to be a circus of bumbling fools compared to this gorgeous creature full of courage, supernatural power and wisdom. The men were either evil, greedy for their own gain or scared of their own shadows. I am all for girl power but cue my eyes rolling in disgust. Do we have to find our strength in denigrating the male race? Why not pair her with an amazing group of men who possess wisdom, strength and honor? What’s wrong with a strong woman fighting alongside a strong man? Do viewers need to see a weak, emasculated man in order to accept the strength of a woman in a new industry?
Does a woman’s movements have to be dramatically slowed down so we can’t tell if we are watching a super hero flick or a Victoria’s Secret model working the runway in the middle of a battlefield called No Man’s Land?
Lastly, how long could you sit and listen to anyone talking about your best friend? How long could you sit listening to someone else take credit for what you knew your bestie accomplished…at great cost? By the time Wonder Woman faces her greatest nemesis, we could no longer stomach the underlying propaganda that eliminated God from the equation He created.