A Protective Suit
ALL of a sudden, Tom-Tom (Wonder Boy) went from a blonde-haired, fruit-guzzling, hatchet-throwing, sometimes-skateboard-riding jungle lad, to a knight, capable of mowing down enemies with swords and using magic.
So was the progress of the Wonder Boy series from the original arcade and Sega Master System title through to Wonder Boy in Monster Land, Wonder Boy III: The Dragon’s Trap, Wonder Boy in Monster World and Monster World IV.
But it’s the third entry which captured many hearts and minds as the now green-haired Wonder Boy (perhaps it’s not the original Tom-Tom at all?) gets turned into various creatures (ie. Lizard-Man, Mouse-Man, Piranha-Man, Lion-Man and Hawk-Man) as he fights to become human again.
Regardless of his form, Wonder Boy can buy/find/receive different swords, shields and armour.
There are many games which allow the player to change up armour and swords, each with different abilities and strengths.
The Bible gives its own set of armour, outlined in Ephesians 6. Here it lists six items:
- Belt of truth
- Breastplate of righteousness
- Shoes of the preparation of the gospel of peace
- Shield of faith
- Helmet of salvation
- Sword of the Spirit, the Word of God
They almost sound like they could exist within a video game but they are much more than that.
The armour that Wonder Boy puts on isn’t just to look good; it serves a purpose and is often needed to complete a specific task.
The “armour of God” is not just for looks either. It serves a purpose. Each item is to help the wearer that he or she “may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil”.
There’s a defensive tone there, to protect the wearer. It’s not about attacking but bracing for the inevitable fight that the devil will put up as he goes about “like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8).
Note that the armour should be worn as a whole- it’s a set, designed for a Christian to stay strong against so many temptations which would cause us to stumble.
Read Ephesians 6 and explore what each item means in full.
Wonder Boy fights off cyclops, skeletons (some with top hats), crabs, cogs, fish, clouds (some with sunglasses), snakes and frogs by relying on his armour, shield and sword.
We too can tackle the adventure of each new day, despite the broad range of challenges thrown at us when we fully trust in God’s power through the armour He has given us made up of truth, righteousness, peace, faith and salvation.
“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”
- Ephesians 6 : 11