All the political dialogue the past few days makes me just want to step outside and spit. I need a breather; need to write about something less intense. And since several have asked about Kingdom themes in Alice in Wonderland, I think I’ll have a go. The new Disney movie is my one and only exposure to Wonderland, so please be forgiving if I miss something or get it all messed up.
God writes His kingdom story into every human heart. He seems to imprint it on our DNA as a way of drawing us back to Himself and into His own epic Story. In fact I’m quite certain that we humans judge the merits of our stories by how much they resonate with the kingdom template imprinted in our genes. Alice certainly had the Story written in her heart from her earliest memory, and when at last she entered Wonderland, she knew exactly where she was. She had “been there” all along in her dreams.
Here at the bottom of the rabbit hole is a kingdom that has fallen, much like planet earth, under the power of an evil ruler. The land has been ruined and it’s creatures terrorized by the manipulative Queen of Hearts. “Off with their heads” to all who resist her demands. The kingdom needs rescuing, and not just anyone can do it.
So Alice is summoned from the outside world, much like Christ, to enter into the kingdom with a clear purpose of redeeming it. Even the Rabbit-hole prophets have foretold it all in their ancient scroll. Like Jesus, Alice befriends the creatures of Wonderland, and because of her love for them, (especially the Mad Hatter), hazards the castle of the Queen of Hearts on a daring rescue mission.
Much like Satan, the power of the Queen is merely an illusion. It’s a pretense of power backed only by her control of the Jabberwocky. And of course the Jabberwocky is very much like the beast of Revelation 19. The story culminates with Alice confronting the beast in faith, (“Sometimes I believe as many as six impossible things before breakfast”), and victoriously bringing it down to destruction. With evil dethroned, and the creatures of Wonderland liberated from slavery and fear, we’re left with the distinct image of Wonderland restored in “righteousness, peace, and joy.” (Romans 14:17)
Did Lewis Carroll consciously incorporate these Biblical images into his story? I doubt it. Most story writers have no such intention. But the fact is, it’s nearly impossible to write a good story without rich images of the Kingdom. The heart understands these things even when the mind misses it.