Though a Christian de-convert, I read the book, “The Shack” when it came out in 2007. I did mainly because so many Christians were condemning it. It is about a Father who takes his kids camping while his wife is attending a work related meeting. Their youngest daughter is kidnapped from their campground and found murdered. He later meets 3 mythical characters , an African American female (God) , a Middle East male woodworker (Jesus) and an Asian female gardener (Holy Spirit) who teach him about grace and forgiveness.
The 3 mythical characters could have been Larry, Moe and Curly Joe from the Three Stooges for all I care. It was all about forgiveness and grace albeit themes of various religions.
This past week, a movie of the same name debuted in theaters here in the USA. I took my oldest daughter to see it today. It followed much of what was in the book . My daughter and I both wept during several scenes of the movie.
When I returned home, I looked at reviews of the movie and again the Christian Community criticized it for being “Theologically Incorrect”. Several said, “How could God be portrayed as a Black Woman?” WTF ??? It is a novel ! Theological Correctness never entered my mind. I was touched because the theme of forgiveness is something I feel I could improve on in my life.
Forgiveness is not owned by Religion or Christianity in particular. It’s something I feel we all could extend a little more of…….