I’ve bloged about Thor before both in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and in the cartoons, etc and comics. Back in July, Marvel announced that they will be updating Thor to be a woman. Yes, a woman. And people went all ape-poopy about it. Honestly. There were people upset. At first people thought that this was going to be maybe a woman version of Thor or a woman counter part to Thor. Not so.
According to the Mary Sue
Series writer Jason Aaron emphasizes, “This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is THOR. This is the THOR of the Marvel Universe. But it’s unlike any Thor we’ve ever seen before.”
This is Thor. And after reading issue number one, she rocks. Well, All I’ve really seen has just been her wielding the hammer Mjolnir (don’t even ask me how to pronounce that) and standing all awesome and stuff. She is actually dressed modestly by comic book standards (which is actually saying a lot, in other words, not full on body hugging spandex nor bare midriffs and bikini/thong bottoms or tops, etc.). They actually took time to think through the concept of who Thor is and gave her the same strength and awesomeness as Thor himself had.
Now, this isn’t me saying I’m some whacked out feminist or “feminazi” as some are want to say. (I’ve learned recently about my misunderstanding of the concept of feminist and edited the previous sentence, my apologies [5/31/15]). I consider myself to be conservative Biblically and theologically. For many people this confuses them with what feminism is. To be honest, looking at the Bible, I just have this crazy notion that according to the Bible both men and woman are created in God’s image (Genesis 1:26) and that not only are we to love God with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength, but to love our neighbor as our selves (Mark 12:20-21, oh, and that means to love our neighbors with the love of God and to love our selves with the love of God, not to ignore stuff but to still show love despite that stuff). And most of all, as Paul says, that in Jesus there is neither male or female.
In fact Paul writes that all who belong to Jesus are children of God. That as children of God and being baptized in Jesus
“There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male or female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28
People in the early church were debating who was better. You had the Jewish contingent who were the first to receive the Gospel message and know Jesus. Jesus was Jewish to begin with. So therefore they had a higher place in the church. Which meant that Gentiles (in other words all non-Jews, especially Greeks and Romans) were on a secondary plain. And because men ruled society and women were basically property in many ways, men ruled over women. And slaves were lower still.
Paul is saying no. That isn’t so. Jesus welcomed all to follow him. The people that were first to meet Jesus at the tomb on that first Easter weren’t men. They weren’t from the 11 disciples (Judas had hung himself by then). They weren’t from Jesus’ inner circle of Peter, James, and John. No. It was Mary Magdalen, and other women who were at the tomb and met the risen Jesus for the first time. They were given the honor of it, not the men.
In fact, in Luke 10 when Jesus was at the home of Mary and Martha, Martha was busting her kiester trying to be a good hostess while Mary was sitting at Jesus’ feet learning like all the other male disciples. When Martha became upset at this and demanded that Jesus make Mary act like a proper good woman hostess, Jesus told her that Mary chose what is better and it won’t be taken away from her.
When the woman caught in adultery in John 8 is about to be killed, Jesus stands up for her and when all her accusers leave, he doesn’t condemn her but sets her free to live a new life.
What Paul is getting at is that in Jesus there is no hierarchy. There is not one is better than the other. In fact we’re all broken, messed up people who are in need of a savior. We’re all one body in Jesus with Jesus the head of us all.
I look forward to reading the new Thor. I’m curious where they will take this new character. I’m curious who she is–is she Asgardian or human or something/someone else. I applaud Marvel for not only allowing a woman to fit into the role of Thor (not Lady Thor, not Thorita) and still be kick-butt awesome (and wear an awesome yet modest outfit for once that’s not overly sexualized).
As human beings, we are all made in the image of God and should be treated with dignity and respect. In Jesus, there is no male or female, there is no hierarchy of who is better than whom. We are all one in him. Shouldn’t we act that way?