Movie should be enjoyed for what it is; not what others want

Published 9:20 am Thursday, March 9, 2017

I went and saw the movie “The Shack” this past weekend at the Malco. And quite honestly, I had no idea what the movie was about when I took my seat.

I had not read or even heard about the book that apparently is very popular. In fact, when I heard we were going to see the movie, I asked if that was the book John Grisham had written. Obviously I had no clue.

Halfway through the movie, I was pleasantly surprised.

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If you’re like me and not familiar with the plot, let me give you a synopsis without giving away too much.

After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips spirals into a deep depression that causes him to question his innermost beliefs. Facing a crisis of faith, he receives a mysterious letter urging him to an abandoned shack in the Oregon wilderness. Despite his doubts, Mack journeys to the shack and encounters an enigmatic trio of strangers led by a woman named Papa. Through this meeting, Mack finds important truths that will transform his understanding of his tragedy and change his life forever.

I thought it was a really good movie and I left the theater with my faith somewhat restored. It wasn’t until a couple days ago that I began reading on social media the controversy surrounding the movie, mainly from Christians upset that the movie was blasphemous.

Apparently there are some Christians who believe the movie flies in the face of the “The Believer” when it comes to the Bible. I personally did not view the film in that light. In fact, I thought the movie showed God’s love for each of us as we questioned why bad things happen to good people and how could He allow such tragedies to occur.

I don’t believe this movie or any “religious” film for that matter is intended to depict the Bible and His Word, but rather is a tool to lead others to Christ. And while it could encourage Christians, I think “The Shack” does more for those who may have questions about their faith or who may not know God’s love.  And isn’t that what being a Christian is all about? Leading others to Christ?

Rob Sigler is managing editor of The Oxford EAGLE. Contact him at