Hollywood insists that there is no absolute good or absolute evil, only misunderstandings. This ideology is barely dressed and exemplified in the latest female role model; Harley Quinn, a fictional comic book figure and truly a psychotic criminal that exemplifies extremes of the perversion explicit in modernism.
Harley Quinn is the leading female in the box office hit; Suicide Squad. Suicide Squad broke profit records making it the biggest ever box office opening earning $135 million its opening weekend (BBC). The plot is summarized by IMDb; “A secret government agency recruits a group of imprisoned supervillains to execute dangerous black ops missions in exchange for clemency, which inevitably leads to chaos” (IMDb). So here we have the now all-too-typical hollywood plot which consists of bad guys that are a truly good, and good guys that are really bad, as writers insist that there truly is no absolute good or evil, only misunderstandings.
At one time in the early part of Christianity, the general agreement was that the Virgin Mary, the Mother of our Lord, should be the “go-to” when one would consider what qualities make up God’s ideal woman. God’s thoughts toward Mary are explained by the Angel Gabriel;
And the angel being come in, said unto her: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.. Luke 1:28
But here we are: we don’t live in the ancient past. We live in a post-modern, post-christian society. And truly, our society is dominated by secularism and modernism.
The affects of Protestantism on the degrading of the Virgin Mary’s significance cannot be overstated. Growing up in church, I can recall Mary being mentioned in sermons but always with the usual disclaimers of her being degraded and made insignificant and the speakers making sure all know; she was nothing more than a host. My experience may be peculiar, but my experience is hearing extra effort often given to the normalizing of Mary as to be so careful to not give credibility to any Catholic thinking towards her. And now with the parallel rise in modern feminism, women and young women are left without the greatest role model for women that God could ever give us. It seems some of us have worked so hard to make her common or less than common that now something wicked has filled our need for her.
In the Holy Scripture, we are introduced to Mary as a young woman that submits herself to God in the most powerful way a human ever could. She submits herself to carry the very Presence and Person of God. She submits herself to all the pain and suffering her Son would submit Himself to. She submits herself to a life of servitude to God’s Plan; His plan being the church. She sacrifices all personal plans and personal dreams for the sake of the greater good. She puts aside all of herself and gives herself completely to Salvation’s plan. She submits to the prophecy given her by Simeon in the Temple when he foretells her;
And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against; Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also, that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.-Luke 2:34,35
And the hearts of many are now revealed! When we have the choice between Barabbas and Jesus, whom do we choose? When our choice is the Virgin Mary or Harley Quinn, whom do we choose? Heroes are subject to interpretation of the culture, while Saints are subject historically to canonization. Saints of the Church historically gave us role models and patterns of living by which a Christian should follow if one is inclined to make the same journey and obtain the same destination (heaven) as the Saints.
But now to Quinn; why would such a violent, scantily dressed woman be the object of our desire? What quality is there that should draw us to such? Is it her vile sexually charged speech? Is her complete lack of nurturing qualities? Is it her girlish pigtails while really being a full grown woman? Is this the woman men would have raise their children? Is this the woman men would want to come home to after working to provide for their family all day long in the hot sun? Is this who a man would want to sit next to his bedside while he breaths his last breath? What is wrong with the church that we’re so afraid to identify this as Satan’s dream!
Satan hates woman, and has always made war against her. He hates that she is a partner with God in bringing forth life into the world. He hates that a woman brought forth the Son of God into the world, the Son of God that crushed satan’s head.
Shouldn’t we now look to that greatest of women who brought forth the Salvation of the world out of her own womb? Shouldn’t we now retract our insistence of her commonality and now make her what she is; God’s ideal Mother and woman?
Shall we now teach our young women how to best obtain peace and joy and love and be pleasing to our Heavenly Father in exemplifying the attributes of the Mary?
Let us now consciously reject Harley Quinn, and all the other false women given to us by Hollywood. She is an affront to all things Holy and an offense to our Holy God who has said of women;
Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.- I Peter 3:7
Woman are to be honored, and to be honorable.