Diana. Wonder Woman! Just saw the movie, and I kept thinking about you. I will share a few pieces here—no spoilers—to convey how I feel about you and the defense we’re engaged in for the lives of the defenseless, for the lives of our children. It doesn’t stop until all of us are free.
“It’s our sacred duty to defend the world. And it is what I’m going to do.” – Wonder Woman.
When I started FreedHearts four years ago, I had no plan! My mission was to speak up for those who were being decimated by the conservative rhetoric of exclusion. Pain and suffering abounded—that is what I knew. I had no idea how I was going to slash through the rhetoric against marginalized people, specifically LGBTQ people, no master plan to save this community. I just started with a single post.
As Diana begins her training, she doesn’t know what she’s being prepared for. She only knows this is the path for her. As all her training comes into play, she realizes she is more equipped than she thought.
I’ve gotten pushed around and knocked down, but I’ve gotten up and come back. Even as Diana has surveyed the ruins of humanity-at-war all around her, I have wondered if I’m even making a dent in the horrors happening all around me. But the longer I continue, the more clearly I see that I have been equipped for this.
Even as I write, I know there are countless Wonder Women and Supermen out there. Parents fighting for their children. LGBTQI people fighting for themselves and their community.
You are stronger than you know! We are ALL stronger than we know!
“You are stronger than you believe—you have greater powers than you know.” – Antiope
The key is staying in as our strength reveals itself and comes into all its Wonder. If you need to, let my strength be your cover as you fully discover your own strength.
In one battle scene, Diana leaps into an unwinnable situation, and her fellow warriors are inspired and fall in behind her. By leaping first, she creates a place for them to leap in as well!
If you need cover, fall in behind me because I’m going in. Fall in behind me because I am creating a path. Fall in behind me because I will draw the fire to give you cover to do your part.
If you’re a church member who may not know this issue but you know the church has been very unchristlike in their treatment of this community, fall in behind me because we are helping nonaffirmers get hold of this call to be Jesus in a broken, hurting, and war-torn world.
If you are LGBTQI, you fall in right behind me. Take my hand. I will hug you and kiss your head even as we battle against ignorance and hate. Hear me tell you, again and again, that you are God’s beloved, and you have every right to your full humanity. No one can take that from you. NO ONE.
“I will fight for those who can’t fight for themselves.” – Wonder Woman
I will fight for you who cannot fight for yourselves, as you heal and gain strength. I will help you break the bonds of lies told you, of fear conditioned into you. And I will remind you that you are stronger than you believe, you have greater powers than you know.
And soon, you will look around and see that you are the difference-maker, the healer, the love you always had it in your heart to be. You are the Wonder Women and Supermen! You just needed a safe place to let your power soar!
“It’s about what you believe and I believe in love. Only love will truly save the world.” – Wonder Woman.
With overflowing love,
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