November 24

Tim McGraw, His Faith and “The Shack”

Tim McGraw may not be seen recording and releasing gospel albums, but he is a bona fide Christian. He is very vocal about his beliefs and faith. He channels his Christian upbringing through his lifestyle (fidelity in marriage and being family-centric) and the occasional slips of Christian flare on some of his songs (e.g. “When You Like You Were Dying,” “Angel Boy” and “Drugs and Jesus.”)

Our Man, Tim McGraw

While other celebrities would belt out some gospel, Tim took the route of storytelling through family and faith-based films. One that we all are familiar with is “The Shack” which was based on the best-selling novel by William P. Young. In it, he took the role of the protagonist’s best friend. He said he wanted the role for the reason that “Willie” (his role’s name) served as the “conduit”, the “seeing eye,” and the “man behind” as he helps his friend navigate through his confusion and pain.

The film’s overall theme is about redemption. As a Christian who happens to be an artist by trade, it is the perfect facet he needed for self-expression. In an interview with KnoxNews, he mentioned that he has always been looking for big themes: the kind that is transcendent. Thankfully, his involvement in the “The Shack” did that.

When controversy arises surrounding the portrayal of God in the person of a woman (played by Octavia Spencer), Tim did not shy away in his response that “we” (in truth if we are to be honest) really don’t know how God chooses to reveal himself to people.

“We don’t know. I don’t know/ I know if I told you what God looked like and felt like then I’d be telling you a story/
I just think we don’t know. God manifests Himself, herself or itself in a way that we need it, in a way that we can grab a hold of and a way that we can put our arms around.”

He only hoped that when viewers see the film, they would gain additional perspective on spirituality and on what makes us as human beings; our part in the society and our relationship with God.

Listen to “Keep Your Eyes on Me,” a song that Tim McGraw and his wife, Faith Hill.  It’s part of the film’s soundtrack. May God continually bless and strengthen their union.

P.S. If you were wondering what religious sect he was in, it’s Baptist and so does Faith Hill.


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