The Very, Very, Very, Last Word On “The Shack”
T, his mom, and his grandma, all went to see “The Shack” this weekend.
His mom informed me yesterday that I have to see this film.
Yesterday afternoon, T was using perceived lessons from it to evangelize his doctor.
I’m avoiding talking to his grandma, lest I be required to build three pyres for the cleansing of their souls…
Somehow, this wicked trip to the damnable cinema demonstrated to them in a profound way that God loves His children and that forgiveness is a great gift that not only must be received,but offered.
Despite all my efforts to quash this enthusiasm with warnings of lurking modalism and universalism, they’re still convinced that God loves and they should forgive.
Why weren’t they impacted this way in church…or even more to the point, from me?
I’m not sure it’s because of dismal failures on the part of either…except in one area.
The church has neglected the power of art, story, and song, in conveying the core messages of the Gospel.
This was not always the case, but commercialism and tribalism have done their work well.
This movie has moved some people… so we’re warning everyone about the dangers of a warmed heart without a degree in theology.
What else can do we do now?
First, let’s encourage the creatives among us to make music, art, and films that touch people where they are in the name of Christ.
Let’s support them when they try…even if they don’t include a systematic theology with their work.
I’m having really good conversations that reinforce the good and keep it in an orthodox framework.
I’m as excited for my people as I would be for someone who found refreshment in a sermon or a song.
I’m grateful that these conversations have been sparked in the first place.
This really isn’t that difficult…
Because of this movie, some people will be refreshed in the things of God.
T’s doc might have had his heart moved.
Some are very good at stomping out such embers of hope in the name of complete doctrinal fidelity and in fear of apostasy.
They may need extra boots… I hope…