From 1973 to 1986, the Super Friends was a popular television show on ABC geared for kids. Based upon characters from DC Comics, this series used the Justice League as the home for super heroes who took turns each episode fighting evil in the world. Over time, antagonists joined forces to create chaos in what became known as the Legion of Doom. Every day, good and evil collided with battles won and lost, encouraging viewers to root for their favorite hero or foe.
But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe,” Mark 5:36.
Thirty one year later, DC Comics has introduced a modern film placing Wonder Woman on the front lines during World War II. Gal Gadot plays Diana who saves a British spy, Chris Pine, from drowning. After being interrogated by Amazonian leaders, Diana uncovers some of her special super hero powers. This revelation prompts Diana to leave her home with special agent Trevor. Diana believes that if only she could kill the source of evil, the German leader, the war would come to an end. When this doesn’t happen, Diana has a crisis of faith, doubting if the human race is worth saving. Steve quickly intervenes, teaching Diana a valuable lesson, “It’s not about deserve, it’s about what you believe!”
But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us, Romans 5:8.
Normally when I watch a movie, I am disappointed by the lack of depth. Yet, the line above in this film spoke to me. No one is perfect, as flaws exist within every living being. These imperfections may be mild or blatantly obvious. Nonetheless, Jesus believed everyone is worth saving. Humanly speaking, you can’t change what the world thinks or believes, but you can change yourself. As this subtle transformation begins, glimpses of Christ’s light appears, illuminated by the power of the Holy Spirit. You may not possess superhuman strength like a superhero, but faith can make a difference in your life and those around you. Thus, the next time you begin to lose hope in people, remember the words from Steve’s character, “It’s not about deserve, it’s about what you believe!”
by Jay Mankus