‘The Shack’, Corrupted innocence: Chapter 3

'The Shack' by William P. Young
'The Shack' by William P. Young

This is a relatively plain chapter. Young does very little different. It seems to be mostly character development and plot enhancement. At one point Young is looking through Mack’s eyes at a sleeping Missy. He describes her as innocent.

Rightly understood there is nothing wrong with one person/human acknowledging the innocence of another. We should be excited when we see justice done in a courtroom, for instance. Those who are guilty of breaking human laws deserve punishment and those who have not should be declared innocent.

The same is not true in God’s courtroom. Romans 5:19 reads, “For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous”. We can see that since Adam’s first sin none of us were innocent but all became sinners. Romans 3:12 reads, “All have turned aside, together they have become useless; there is none who does good, there is not even one”. Not only were we born sinners but we continue in sin throughout our lives. Finally we have Isaiah 64:6b reads, “And all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment”. Even our good works are stained by sin and unworthy before God.

This becomes important as Young continues into the book. He presses this innocence and even assumes it in important sections where God’s holiness and justice are questioned because Young assumes humanity’s innocence before God. We’re not though. We have a corrupted innocence. We are in no way innocent before God and therefore must depend on the obedience of Jesus Christ for the actual good works He did and surrender ourselves to Him, repenting of our sins and trusting in His death for sinners.