I wanted to be Wonder Woman! I thought it would be incredible to be able to face the world with absolutely no fear, fight off the bad guys before they even knew what hit them and return from battle without a need for more make-up or even a hair out of place. Wow! How incredible! Bang! One cuff in the air and nothing can stop you. What armor! As superheroes go, Wonder Woman brought strength, brilliance and abilities to fight off evil that girls who dreamed impossible dreams could look up to. My favorite weapon, beyond those magical cuff’s and her invisible plane, was her lasso of truth. She could get the truth out of anybody way better than a lie detector ever could. One swoop of that lariat being pulled around the shoulders and her villains confessed to everything from evil deeds to not washing their socks for five days in a row. She was good!
Sometimes I still fantasize about what fun it would be to have a lasso like that. Can you imagine being able to stop anyone in their tracks and cause them to speak the truth of a situation? Whew, I’m dizzy with thoughts of politicians, old boyfriends, and advertisers that would be first to get my lasso tied around them. The thing that feels a little odd in this whole thing though is the fact that truth needs a magical instrument to be revealed. Truth hides behind so many faces that most of us can no longer tell the good guys from the bad guys. Everybody pretends truth is what drives them, but somehow truth is packaged, positioned, and manipulated in ways that take us to court trying to figure it out, take us to the polls hoping we can believe the ones we’re voting for, and taking us to church wondering if even there the truth can be discovered.
It’s interesting to me that Truth then became a weapon for Wonder Woman, and as a woman always wondering about life, I think truth is still an interesting weapon. In Ephesians 6: 14 we’re reminded to put on the whole armor of God. It says, “We are not fighting against humans. We are fighting against forces and authorities and against rulers of darkness and powers in the spiritual world. So put on all the armor that God gives. Then when that evil day comes, you will be able to defend yourself. And when the battle is over, you will still be standing firm. Be ready! Let the truth be like a belt around your waist, and let God’s justice protect you like armor.”
Again in the Message version that verse is translated like this:
“Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon.”
Looks like we need to understand the weapons at our disposal. We need to discover how to use the Lasso of Truth we’ve been given to help ourselves and others to stay steady and stand firm. In a world that turns nearly everything upside down, we need to consider all of this more carefully. I may not have an invisible plane, but I am pretty sure I have invisible allies watching over me, protecting me and helping me to stand strong. I’m working on understanding how to wear this armor and how to tighten the belt of truth around my waist even yet. I probably won’t work my way up to Wonder Woman status, but truth be told, I’m still going to try.
The good news is we get to be each others superheroes! Stay strong!