The Shack

I had no plans to put a post on my blog today, as I sit at home recovering from a bad chest cold, but when I came across some material about the new pseudo-Christian movie “The Shack” online it seemed to me something needed to be said.  Not so much because of the movie itself, as I would be hopeful enough to think that any true believer with the slightest amount of spiritual discernment would be wary of it, but because of some of the things I have learned.  I have not read the book or seen the movie, and have no plans to, as it seems to me that it would be like sipping poison to do so.  But in an age when churches have watered down doctrine, truth, and the reality of judgment so much with their “God loves us all no matter what,” the sad fact of the matter is that many people are getting their religious ideas more out of Hollywood and Nashville than they are from the holy scriptures.

The whole concept of “God” being played by actors is in itself blasphemous, and it is difficult to conceive how anyone with a biblical idea of who God is could think otherwise.  That God should be presented as a female, in direct contradiction to the biblical teaching in both testaments concerning God as “Father” only compounds the blasphemy.

One reason I wanted to make this brief post was because a certain country music star who many Christians admire and listen to made an appearance in this movie, and his remarks should come as nothing less than abhorrent to any person who knows the God of the Bible.  As quoted in the article linked to above, Tim McGraw said, when asked about the portrayal of God as a woman in the movie,

We don’t know. I don’t know. I know if I told you what God looked like and felt like then I’d be telling you a story. I just think we don’t know. God manifests Himself, herself or itself in a way that we need it, in a way that we can grab a hold of and a way that we can put our arms around.


McGraw’s description of God as “Himself, herself, or itself,” is such an impious blasphemy that it ought to shake the soul of every true believer in Christ.  While it is true that there is much about God we do not know, what the scripture has revealed is enough to know that the “god” he is referring to bears no resemblance to the God of the Bible.  What we need is not an encounter with some kind of fuzzy, feel-good “god” who we can “put our arms around,” but a humiliating, self-abasing meeting with the God Who is.


The kind of God portrayed by “The Shack” and believed in by people like Tim McGraw is an idol as sure as Zeus or Dagon or Athena.  It is fundamentally not the God that Isaiah saw in the temple, before Whom the prophet fell down crying out that he was a man of unclean lips, and dwelt in the midst of a people of unclean lips.  It is not the glorious Son of God that John met on the isle of Patmos, before Whose feet he fell as one dead.  It is not the God “Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; Whom no man hath seen, nor can see.”  It is instead a god whose existence is geared toward helping man in his problems, rather than focusing primarily upon the purpose of fulfilling His own glory in the salvation of sinners through Jesus Christ.  Christians should, I contend, not only avoid blasphemous and unbiblical movies like The Shack, but should also avoid artists like Tim McGraw who impiously blaspheme the God in Whom they claim to believe.