I have already seen some Christians getting frustrated with a movie being made of the popular book, The Shack. Most of the Christians I know hated the book and considered it heretical. It was bad enough that a book was written, a movie will just be that much worse.
Or will it?
The Shack definitely had some problems. Portraying God the Father as a black woman or the Holy Spirit as an Asian woman were not the problem. It was really the relationship among the members that was the problem. The book seems to portray tri-theism more than a Trinity.
Having said that, I found it to be a moving book. As a father of five, the abduction and murder of the little girl hit me hard. I had some pretty strong emotional responses.
I understand that many Christians will want to attack this movie for being sub-orthodox. Many will want to warn people against seeing the movie. But think about these things:
- Plenty of non-Christians will see this movie.
- The movie asks the right questions.
- People are struggling with why God allows tragedy.
- People are not going to watch the movie to understand the theological intricacy of the Trinity.
Instead of putting all our energy into attacking the movie, why not focus on taking advantage of the opportunities that the movie will create? This should open up opportunities to talk about the problem of suffering and the Trinity.
Attacking what we don’t like is the easy way out. Let’s consider walking through the open doors that God gives us.