Pastor Willy's Blog - Complete Post
Several of you have been asking about “The Shack”, the current movie based upon the bestselling book of the same name. “The Shack” is the fictional account of a man processing his grief. He is dealing with the violent tragic death of his daughter when he receives an invitation to visit a shack. There he meets God, as three persons, Father, Son and Spirit. What follows are a series of discussions and revelations that eventually bring him peace and healing.
Many Christians have flocked to “The Shack” and even recommended it. I think I understand why. It’s an intriguing account that wrestles with age-old questions of good, evil and human suffering. It seems to be written from a Christian perspective, after all God is Father, Son and Spirit. It communicates that God cares about us, meets us in our pain, and healing can be found in our connection to God. Fair enough. We all wrestle with our questions. We all struggle at some point with the question of evil and suffering. We all want to know that God will meet us in our “shack”.
The problem comes in the theology that is woven throughout the story. Theology is always there and there is plenty of it in “The Shack” and there is plenty of it to cause concern. I’ll not enunciate here the primary problems. Others have done that well and done that thoroughly. Here is the link to Dr. Al Mohler’s review.
Dr. Mohler writes like the superb theologian his is. He is sharp, clear, thorough and doctrinally grounded.
Here is a link to our former pastor, Bill Anderson’s blog. I thought he added some new perspectives and insights and that his post would be of interest to Calvary folks in particular.
In both cases these leaders show that there is more than theological sloppiness to “The Shack”, there is an anti-local church bias, a disturbing agenda, and real concerns about how the nature of God is portrayed.
Would I recommend “The Shack”? Probably not. Certainly not without serious qualifications. People will see what they want to see but I wouldn’t encourage anyone to recommend it. If you or your friends have seen it or read it and want to discuss it, I’d recommend using Mohler’s and Anderson’s posts to guide the discussion.
We all want to find peace in our pain and to make sense of our suffering. God does meet us in our pain, but we need not trade the glorious house God is building for a shack. Yes, God meets us in our ”shack” but He wants to make us part of His Church, a house not made with human hands with a foundation laid by the apostles and the prophets (Scripture). You will find healing there. You will find hope there. You will find God there.