At the very mention of another superhero story—especially one with Greek mythology themes—the average moviegoer might be inclined to say, “Thanks, but no thanks.” However, this summer’s Wonder Woman not only possesses the expected entertainment value within a well-told storyline but also, beneath that expensive CGI veneer, offers a depth that’s worth exploring.

When the knowledge of a war-torn world reaches Diana (aka Wonder Woman), she decides to leave the idyllic confines of her Amazon society of Themyscira in search of her arch-enemy, the Greek god of war, Ares. Her mission is to find him and end the war that threatens to destroy mankind. Filled with kindness, compassion, and sincerity that in no way negates her sheer power as a warrior-daughter of Zeus, Diana is thrust into the gray and harsh backdrop of England in World War I.

She plunges into her sacred purpose at the cost of losing her family, friends, and all she has ever known. This is reminiscent of that same courage and promise found in Mark 10:28–30 when the disciples left everything to follow Jesus. Although in this Scripture Jesus was speaking of leaving “home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for Me and the gospel,” it captures the same feeling of being driven away from the safety of home by a higher purpose. Diana’s higher purpose defines her very identity, even when she doesn’t fully understand it. Her behaviors and decisions align with that purpose. Diana seemed to know the price of not answering the call when she was confronted by her mother, Queen Hippolyta, while leaving the island after dark, “If you choose to leave, you may never return.” To which Diana answered, “Who will I be if I stay?” I venture to say that she would not have completed her purpose, and mankind would have suffered had she chosen safety with the Amazons. She later says, “Only love can truly save the world. So I fight, and I give, for the world I know it can be.”

Similarly, we each have a higher purpose, a reason for being here on earth. And if we stay safe and hidden from the world, not only do we not live out our true purpose, but mankind also suffers. We each have a part to play in spreading God’s Good News and saving mankind through love. Who will you be if you stay

 

The Intersection focuses on the link between faith and pop culture and is featured monthly in Gateway Life magazine.