Have you read “The Shack”? I did many years ago. It’s a Christian fiction book, featured on numerous bestseller lists for more than 100 weeks, about a man who experiences an extreme personal tragedy and then receives a note from God to me him at “the shack”. It was okay. It was a good story but I got stuck on some of what became the pretty controversial theological points it made. The controversy was well founded. I don’t think I’d ever recommended the book.
Then a few months back I got an email inviting me to a sneak peak of the the movie coming out the weekend of March 3rd. Although, I wasn’t really interested I figured it would garner a lot of interest in both the Christian and non-Christian community and it’s hard to pass up a free movie preview. So I went and… I was stunned. I liked it… a lot! The movie is far better than the book.
However, I’ve already seen the criticism of the movie popping up around the web. “How the Shack Distorts Our View of God”… “The Heresy of the Shack”… “How Can God Be a Black Women?”… “The Shack Gives Audiences False Hope”… “The Shack Just Tells Us What We Want to Hear.”
The thing all these critics have in common? They haven’t seen the movie. It’s different. It’s better. It’s inspiring. And it’s going to be talked about. Where is God when we need Him most? Can we trust God? How can I know God? What’s He think of me? Does God just let people get away with disobeying Him?
So I want to encourage you to grab a friend and go see “The Shack” next weekend. Then bring them with you to church as we discuss the controversies and the messages in the movie. We’ll be posting on our Facebook site when we have people meeting at the theatre so you can watch it and talk about with others. Will you meet God in the Shack?