Sunday, April 9, 2017
The Shack vs The Cross
I am not responsible. I grew up in a dysfunctional home. I did not have a choice. I did not know any better. I had no real options available to me. I do not need to repent, I need someone to apologize to me for putting me in that circumstance. I am exonerated from my guilt, relieved from my suffering, and my pain leaves when I realize it was not my fault to begin with. God has to apologize to me. I do not need to apologize to Him. He is also responsible for putting me where I am and causing me the psychological pain I have suffered. Because everyone’s sins are traceable to some prior sin committed against them -- all the way back to Adam -- then what we need is not redemption but apology from those who foisted upon us the long line of wrongs and left us where we are.
So far has our quest gone to avoid responsibility, that we would rather explain away sin than meet it on the ground of the cross where sin's debt is paid, victory is won, reconciliation is made, and its power broken. The cross and The Shack are different stories and bespeak different deities and different gospels. It may appear that they are the same to those who think spiritual and not religious is an apt description of the piety true to Scripture but today we meet Jesus who has set His face like flint toward Jerusalem, to the certain destiny of suffering and death, that will accomplish an end to suffering, the death of death, and the beginning of everlasting life. Palms and hosannas are not the polite and trite symbols of a people who explain sin away as the fault of somebody else and who proclaim a therapeutic view of redemption. No, they belong to the Son of God who is incarnate to suffer, born to die, and dying wins salvation for us and for the whole world. In the shadow of such an entrance into Jerusalem, what can we say but "Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord."