By G. P. Avants
Wow! What just happened? I am sitting back looking at DC’s Wonder Woman and realized the superhero game has changed. In many ways the journey of Diana of the Amazons dropped into the middle of World War 1 and therefore shook up our view of history.
How do I summarize this in a short piece? The character of Diana Prince is one of finding you destiny while at the same time seeing your limitations and frailties. Diana, though raised as an Amazonian never quite fit in. Compared to other female warriors, she is small and over-protected by her mother the Queen. She and the other Amazonians, in order to keep peace and order have been hidden from the rest of the world. The war to end all wars which draws all nations of the world into its conflict, breaks the invisible barrier of Themyscira. That peaceful island of women knew this day would come. They oddly enough train for war in order to maintain peace. Diana feels the call to aid in the ending of this war. She is convinced that the god of war, Ares is behind every human conflict including this culmination of evil.
She and her small band of brothers head into the heart of darkness to take down Ares and free all men from the evils of war. Diana has such passion and innocence as she risks her life in the mustard gas, body twisted fields of bloody warfare, she gets vengeance on the wrong bad guy. It is then she faces the real Ares who opens her eyes to the realities of the human race. They have a corrupt nature that he just exposed. He tries to turn her and to see humanity as undeserving of salvation. This internal struggle with Diana humbles her. It changes her. Her final battle to free mankind is a like a child who soberly sees the bigger picture with beauty and ugliness, the best and worst of things on display.
What was meant to ruin Diana’s acts of salvation did reveal two important truths. Those who are saved realize that they are saved by grace. It isn’t because of their own doing. It is a free gift that they can take or leave. Then the part we don’t often talk about: the savior’s truth. The Savior with a pure heart and single purpose is tested. They see that the sin isn’t one-sided. Bad and good men are all corrupt. They fight for goodness, but often use the tools of their adversaries. None of them really appreciate the savior and don’t deserve it. However, the Savior is reminded who sent them and for what purpose.
Suffering for men’s choices never is cut and dry. That is true in in any story that reveals the character, the depth of love and sacrifice that a savior journeys through. Their blood, sweat, and tears, wash through a tired and weary race who finally understands what extent peace will go to protect those in its care. The ultimate example is Jesus who took the full brunt of men’s sinful choices. He lived among us and the reality of the day-by-day life of men and women had to be a heavy thing to witness. Thankfully, He saved us in spite of the fact that we don’t deserve saving. There is no sugar coating our natures, yet God sent us a perfect savior. That is why Jesus is the Christ (which means savior) the whole world needs as the war for men souls rages today.
Here is a little extra layer of the film for your music lovers, like my brother Ron. The music from Wonder Woman was a unique journey in itself.
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