Pondering today on perspective.
I went to see the movie "The Shack" last week. I had read the book twice several years ago and was moved in a powerful way. While I personally LOVED the movie and walked away from the book and the movie with such an overwhelming understanding of the pure love of God BUT...my social media has blown up with "Shack Haters" and "Shack Lovers" and all the opinions of both. This got me thinking, how in the world can people see the same movie in such completely different ways?! And so I'm pondering on "perspective". Perspective has a Latin root meaning "look through" or "perceive," and all the meanings of perspective have something to do with looking.
Growing up in the Baptist denomination shaped my perspective of the scriptures and therefore the way I "perceived" or "looked" at God. As I journeyed from Baptist to Nondenominational to Charismatic Pentecostal to Mega church to church without walls...my perspective changed. I saw things at each stage of the journey that I couldn't or wouldn't see before.
And so it goes with "The Shack". I will confess that the Wendy of 15 years ago would have probably been a "Shack Hater". I was very protective of my religious theology and I was very passionate in my belief that I had all the right "biblical" answers. My "perspective" was very narrow and I refused to use my peripheral vision to see ideas outside of my version of truth.
But IF you are willing to go on the journey, IF you are willing to look at the bigger picture, IF you are willing to explore and ponder...your "perspective" will change in glorious ways! While it may be a little scary or unnerving, I know, it is so worth the risk!
I believe your opinion of "The Shack" is all about "perspective". Do you view scriptures through the lens of "heaven and hell", "saved and unsaved", "chosen and not chosen", "right and wrong", "insiders and outsiders", "original sin doctrine", "law", "sin consciousness", "the devil made me do it", "fire is destructive", "god was angry but Jesus put him in a better mood"??? OR.... (CONTINUED 👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻)
- everevolvinghomeVery well said and explained!! I read the book years ago and I'm excited to see the movie.
- saltypup@lsrawlins 😂
- karlene_d_gray@lifeontheshadygrove I agree 💗
- happyplacecreationsI believe if a book or a movie or anything can turn a soul toward seeking kindness, forgiveness and love, then it is GOOD and it is of God. Thank you Wendy, for the seeds you're planting. You never know who's reading. 💕
- lsrawlins@saltypup Bahahaha Baa Baa! 🐏
- apple_grey_laneI was actually quite surprised by the amount of energy put forth debating The Shack. Our pastor made a video devotional last week touching on it. He called it nothing more than an allegory...and I believe the same. The film is not an altar call to Christianity, it's a fictional film with a message. Some will find hope in the message and seek a deeper knowledge of God/Jesus, some who are already believers may dig deeper into the Word to understand the different views...I see no harm in either. The Holy Spirit will guide you if you are seeking the truth with a pure heart.❤
- bellbellthefrenchieEnjoyed the posr
- quiltvineThank you for this post and your perspective. Over the past 6 years I have read the book 4 times and have not had the opportunity to see the movie yet. I thank God that my perspective has also changed over the years. I am no longer legalistic and so judgmental.
- appleorchardgrlMany religious people are afraid and warn against this movie but will go see movies with things like killing n bad language without a problem. Hmm.
- noel_lynneI Love the photo of the sheep with the Bucket over his head ... how it intertwines with the opinions of today's ponderings !!! Perfect 😅
- lifeontheshadygrove@noel_lynne 😂
- gtmom1People must take the plank from their own eye first. I was raised extremely pentecostal and many are so judgemental. They never look happy until they are with those of their religion or in their church. I could never please anyone and was told everything on earth was a sin. One day, when we make it to heaven there isn't going to be areas, or denominations or only one type, we're all going to be together. We must learn to love, uplift, correct when necessary but from a place that is tender. Don't point fingers and name call...would you do that if Jesus were standing there? Well.....he is:) it's a movie for goodness sake, if you don't agree with it's message move on.
- designsbykaranSuch a beautiful post!
- candy2016yI am so glad I found this post. I TOTALLY agree with you 100%!!! Thank you for sharing your views about this wonderful movie. I saw the movie last weekend, and am now starting to read the book. 💕
- cathie_kellyI love this post on so many levels. Just started following you. I am new to IG and what has surprised and touched my heart so much is how sweet and authentic people are. Yes the pictures that are shared are beautiful but the messages shared and the caring for each other are even more beautiful.❤
- avintagefarmwife@lifeontheshadygrove I'm glad you clarified that for her because I was thinking, " I didn't hear that in the movie."
- avintagefarmwife@apple_grey_lane yes!
- kimmeyer76Our stories are the same when it come to church journey. I am 61 now and have in been in a place of "church? Who needs it?" Because of the "people" in church my journey has gone down some hard and bitter paths that the Lord has turned me back from! Bottom line... like you posted earlier, "have you learned to love?" Even those who hurt you? Even though they are brothers and sisters in the Lord? That is my prayer and with God's help His will is done! I am new to your instagram and am enjoying it!!
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