Last Friday night, my husband and I joined a crowd of snuffling, shaking, teary eyed strangers watching The Shack. I purposefully didn’t wear mascara and brought lots of Kleenex, but halfway through the movie I just gave up and let the tears flow. I’m a crier, and normally I feel a bit self-conscious blubbering in a public theater; but on Friday night, I was just one of the bunch. With my husband silently shaking to my right and an unknown man in his 50’s sobbing to my left, I felt right at home.
What I loved about The Shack:
- I LOVE that God is not in a box. Watching The Shack forces you to consider your own “god box”. What things do we assume about God that are not actually Biblical? God is SO much MORE than we can ever imagine. It doesn’t hurt us to stretch our minds a little…in fact, it’s good for us. (People who are upset because two parts of the Trinity are portrayed by women need to realize that God is not a man either! There are verses in the Bible that describe both female and male attributes of God. God is not made in our image…we just happen to be made a little like Him!)
- I love the relationship that exists between the Trinity, their inside jokes, laughter, care, etc. Obviously, we can’t even begin to fathom what that relationship actually looks like, but why not try and imagine?
- One of the main themes is how much God loves the people He has created. Over and over Papa says, “I am especially fond of _________”. Finally Mac asks, “Is there anyone you aren’t especially fond of?” Papa thinks for a minute and then shakes her head, “No.” I left the theater just so convinced of God’s love for me, real and personal, even in the midst of the failure, sin, and hurt we experience daily in this broken world.
- God’s involvement in our pain is a difficult subject. Why doesn’t He stop the suffering in this world if He is all-powerful? It’s a hard question to answer, but I thought the way this was handled in the movie was phenomenal. God never loses control and He is always with us, but He does not always cause our pain (although the Bible is pretty clear that sometimes He is behind it)…more of those God-things that blow my mind!
Things to consider when watching/reading The Shack:
- The Shack is not written as doctrine or theology, it’s more like an allegory or parable. It’s a story that makes some great points. Read or watch it just like that, a story.
- Obviously you can’t get all your theology about God from a movie or book. Realize that the author’s purpose to is share just a couple of God’s attributes not the sum total of His character.
- You might not agree with everything you see or read. That’s okay! I don’t agree with all of it, but there are wonderful truths that I have taken away. I don’t see the point in stubbornly rejecting something because it’s not “perfect”.
In conclusion, go see The Shack! It’s absolutely worth it. You will be challenged and encouraged. Just make sure to bring Kleenex, or maybe a small towel. 😉