I’ll admit it . . . I am a total dork for Wonder Woman. No, this isn’t something that started as a result of the recent modern superhero craze. This started when I was like 4 and my mom came home with my first pair of Wonder Woman Underoos. If you’re not familiar with Underoos- they were basically a cross between undergarments (underwear and undershirt) and a costume. Yea- go figure.

I was sitting in a movie with my husband when I saw the preview for a movie FINALLY featuring Wonder Woman. I totally geeked out – I literally cheered out loud when I saw her little gold bracelet things & crown! So, when her own feature length movie came out, I was ALL IN! I loaded up my oldest girls on opening weekend, gave them a quick schooling on how bad ass Wonder Woman is, and off we went.

Let me tell you, that movie did NOT disappoint. But, I digress – this isn’t a post about the movie Wonder Woman. This is actually a post about LOVE. Besides the fact that I would love nothing more than to become Wonder Woman, one of the most profound things I took from the movie was this statement :

“Only love can truly save the world.”

I find this statement to not only be one of my favorite mantras (like it’s totally obvious that Wonder Woman and I are the same person), but also to be complete TRUTH.

Love is the essence of what Jesus came for. He WAS love- walking and breathing on this earth. He loved each of us so much that he was willing to die for us. Love is what died on that cross, love is what sets us free, LOVE is what wins in the end.

If you haven’t seen Wonder Woman yet, well . . . I’m sorry. I’m absolutely going to talk all about the movie, so you might want to stop reading if you’re not into spoilers.

There is a point in the movie when Wonder Woman has just had it. She came to the modern world with a mission to destroy the bad and protect the good. But the men she was with had pretty much convinced her that you can’t just sweep in and start making a scene; that moves like that have to be calculated and thought out. Reluctantly, Wonder Woman listens and follows them through all their circus hoops until she has finally had enough. She witnesses injustice, sadness, and absolute hopelessness all around her, and she decides that she can no longer stand by as a silent onlooker. When everyone else begins bowing their heads, claiming the fight to be a lost cause . . . she stands.

She throws off her civilian clothes, donning her infamous Wonder Woman uniform. Stepping out from hiding, vulnerability shining bright, Wonder Woman stares at the battle that lies ahead of her. Her gaze is strong and steady, her mission brighter than the desolate, pathetic war consuming everything around her. She knows what is inside her, she knows that she possesses the tools necessary to defeat the evil staring back at her. And she presses on. She fights for what she knows is right. She fights for love and all that it stands for. She never flinches – she knows what she’s fighting for is worth all that she stands to lose.

I think you can guess how it ends . . . of course my girl Wonder Woman prevails, quoting:

“Only love can truly save the world”.

I mean, what else do we have? Hate is happening all around us. The only thing opposite of hate . . . is love – which is precisely why it’s the perfect weapon.

Please don’t think that the word “love” is like pink butterflies and fairies either. Love is tough, it’s strong. It’s built to withstand the most powerful opposing forces.

Consider this :

God IS love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 17 This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. 18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

19 We love because he first loved us. 20 Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. 21 And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.    John 4: 16-21

There is absolutely no place in this world, and especially our country, for hate. I don’t care what group is standing on what platform . . . if hate is involved, it’s not God. It’s not Love.

It’s time we step out from hiding, out of our comfort zones, out from behind the ease of our social media platforms . . . and stand. Together. UNITED. We won’t always agree, but we have to find common ground. We have to at least agree that, in the end, love needs to take center stage.

It’s time to step into the physical . . . our towns, our communities and stand FOR love, IN love. It may not be the magical lasso and UH-mazing gold bracelets that I would totally sport, but it’s something even more powerful. And that power is ours to use anytime, anywhere.

WE are the church. WE have been charged with loving the people. WE have been commissioned to be the hands and feet of Jesus on this earth. WE are the ones that have the power to shut down hate and rise up in love. WE must stop throwing all the responsibility on the shoulders of our government and live out what WE were called to do. I don’t care who sits in office in this great nation – none of them will EVER have the power of the church. Ever.

Do not be afraid . . . love is NOT timid . . . it is power.

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7

We are ALL Wonder Woman. We ALL have the capability to love and to stare hate directly in the eye. Social media doesn’t have the power to do that. Your opinion, my opinion, doesn’t have the power to do that. But, love does.

I’m ready to fight . . . I . . . am Wonder Woman . . .

What are you doing that is combatting hate in your community or school or business? How are you boldly using love in the everyday? Let’s act . . . use the hashtag #iamwonderwoman