Rated: PG-13. Run time: 2 hours, 5 mins Overall Score: 3/10
I have been asked by several church members and people in the Natchez community what my thoughts are over one of the latest “Christian” movies released in March: The Shack, based off William Paul Young’s book of the same name. The Shack focuses on a grieving man who encounters “God” after tragically losing his daughter on a family weekend camp out when she is suddenly abducted and murdered. Tortured by the event, the main character, Mack, receives an untraceable letter in his mailbox from “Papa”. Confused by the letter, he convinces himself that the letter could be a sign from his daughter’s murderer from the shack. Mack steals his neighbors truck and heads up to the mountains, where the shack is located. When he reaches it, instead of seeing the morbid shack, he is transferred to an Eden-like place where he meets a mysterious trio of strangers. The trio of strangers keep their identities concealed at first, but the longer he is there, the more he learns about who they truly are. The trio (in the most un-biblical way I’ve ever seen on film) supposedly represent the Trinity of the Bible. There’s also an entrance of Wisdom itself, presented as a cave-dwelling woman that wears a white dress. What is the purpose of this transcendent experience one might ask? Possibly to help him better understand his life, God’s plan, and to forgive/free himself from the turmoil he has experienced. He longs to have a relationship with God, but is doubtful as to why an all-loving God would do something like this to him. WHAT should be our stance on this movie? What do we take away from it, if anything? Here’s a breakdown of some positive and negatives from the film:
There are WAY TOO MANY for the 2 hours of film that we see in this movie, but to list a few:
As I said, the negative list could go on and on but then this review would become more like a short story. What do we take away from a movie like this? If you’re looking for Godly, Biblical principles – this is NOT the movie for you. DO NOT show this movie at your next Church Movie Night outing! If you saw this movie in theaters, you wasted your money and should be wiser with your movie choices in the future. If we learned anything, we learned how wimpy and completely wrong Hollywood depicts the Almighty Trinity we serve. If anything, this movie made me want to read my Bible more and condemn future films such as this! As Christians, we are called to know God’s Word better than anyone else (Joshua 1:8-9, Psalm 119:105). We are also called to be servants or slaves (douli) of Christ, regardless of these words "Jesus" says in the film: “Religion is too much work, I don’t want slaves, only friends.” This is not true at all friends. Jesus wants obedient, God-fearing, God-loving followers that are never ashamed of the Gospel that live by FAITH based off what his Word teaches about Him to us! (Romans 1:16-17, 2 Timothy 4:1-8).
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