The Shack Controversy

Posted in Uncategorized by Stephen Stonestreet on April 23, 2009

Right now, I am reading The Shack by William Paul Young. It has already intrigued me just as much as any book I’ve read. It is true to my beliefs in love, hope, and compassion, bringing a new kind of thinking to those have been lost and abused.

Yet, there is a lot of controversy spinning around in the Christian community over this intriguing book. A lot of people don’t find it intriguing, but instead, are calling it blasphemy. 

I can’t seem to grasp that concept, or understand these critics. There was a great article that I read today by Gordon MacDonald on the Leadership Journal.

Read it for yourself.

The one point that people are making is that the way Young wrote about the trinity is wrong, sickening. I find it the complete opposite. It is hard to comprehend the Christian communities main leadership condemning this book. I’ve always thought there was a major problem within our community, anyways, with the issues of abortion and homosexuality being focused on so much more than the actually truth of the gospel: loving all for the cause of bringing them to salvation in Jesus Christ. There is so much more to be done than those two things, and even politics. 

One criticism of this book is that Young portrays God our Father as an African-American woman, which MacDonald states is portraying God as an “enchanting, powerfully-mothering” figure. 

For my response to that, let me just say, whoever is saying this is not being the people, the Church, the Body of Christ, Jesus has called us to be. They are being mere Pharisees in this modern age. And you know what Jesus said about that: “To enter the Kingdom of Heaven, you must have more faith than the Pharisees!”

First, there was many portrayals of God in the scriptures that state God, as MacDonald said, as a shepherd, a farmer, a sower of seeds, and in Song of Solomon, a womans breast. Now, if that is in scripture, than what is wrong with the way Young portrays the Trinity. All he is stating is the parallels of a nurturing woman to a nurturing God! 

Now if that is truth, than we might want to rethink our criticisms, and beg God for forgiveness for calling truth blasphemy, for that is what the Pharisees did, and the Christian Pharisees are doing today. There is nothing different today than it was two thousand years ago. 

God help us see the truth.


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  1. ~dream said, on April 23, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Amen. I loved this book, and I found so much Truth in it.

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