The Gospel According to The Shack

Very rarely does something come along that changes my perception on faith and my relationship with God.
I’m not easily persuaded by what social media, culture, or society say about who they think God is…or isn’t.
I firmly believe in the Nicene Creed.
Nothing can change the fact that I believe that God created the universe, sent His son to die on the cross for our sins and was resurrected three days later.
When Christ ascended into Heaven, God didn’t want to leave us to be alone, so He sent Holy Spirit to dwell among us.
He’s a good daddy like that.

What do you think of when you think of God?
Honestly when I think of God, I think of a giant, unbelievably Holy and all present being who stretches across the Heavens.
He has long flowing white hair with a beard to match.
He’s cut and chiseled, because you gotta be fit to create the universe…right?
I get a real Moses of the Old Testament kinda vibe when I think of God.
Jesus is a little bit easier because we see him on paintings and crushed velvet afghans and movies.
Dark hair, dark eyes, long dark beard that frames a gentle and kind face.
White people think He’s white.
Black people think He’s black.
Actually, being from the Middle East, he probably looks more like Saddam Hussein.
Holy Spirit is a floaty, wisp of a presence who can comfort and heal you in one minute and rebuke and correct in another.
But, right or wrong, I truly don’t think it matters what “I” think the triune Godhead looks like.

The Shack has gotten a lot of heat in the past couple of months because it does this very thing.

It challenges you to think about how you perceive the Trinity.
Is that a bad thing?
A lot of Christian groups who are coming out against Wm. Paul Young and his book think so.
These people are angry.
They feel defensive.
Is it really because they feel they need to defend and protect what humanity says about God?
Or is it because they feel in their hearts a sense of pride about what they believe is true?
God doesn’t need our arguments.
He doesn’t need a defense attorney.
God IS.
He is the Great I AM.
He is, always has been, always will be. Long before we got here and long after we are gone.
He still.
So do I believe that God is a black grandma?
My son Reagan does love him a good black grandma… 😊
But God’s word says
I hate to burst my or anyone else’s self righteous bubble…but it doesn’t matter what we think God looks like.
In my opinion, The Shack is probably the most beautiful piece of fiction I have ever read.
It’s one of the very few books that I have read multiple times.
The first time I read it, it so changed my perception, so challenged what I believe. It sent my outlook on God’s role in my life into a total tailspin.  It drew my heart and opened my eyes to a level of love that I didn’t realize.

What are these people so afraid of?
That others will fall more in love with the God of the universe who not only cut the Grand Canyon, but formed your eyelashes in your mother’s womb?
Are they afraid that humanity will see God as He really is?
A good, caring father that is so unbelievably in love with us that His thoughts about us outnumber the grains of sand?

the shack
This movie and book aren’t doctrine people.
The author isn’t claiming it to be.
He’s not asking you to worship an idol in the image of Octavia Spencer.
He is showing you how God can be EVERYTHING you need.
EVERY TIME you need Him.
When things are awesome and smooth sailing and when things are so painful that you’re convinced that death is the only thing that can rescue you.
God is your everything before you need Him, when you need Him and when you’ll need Him.
He never changes.
Even when our culture and society say different.
He is our constant.
And His loving heart always will be.

I’m a book-shelving, former tap dancer, wanna be writer, singer,
and banjo player, mother of 4, wife of 1, follower of Christ,
walking in the shadow of the Proverbs 31 woman
and redeemed by the grace and love of an Almighty God…
just living the dream.

4 thoughts on “The Gospel According to The Shack

  1. Yes! Thank you for this! My sentiments exactly. Loved the book and looking forward to seeing the movie this weekend.

  2. You are so on it Jill, the Shack opened my eyes to God really is all things to all people and how he loves all his children not just the good ones!!!

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