Steve Martin’s movie Leap Of Faith goes in some disconcerting directions.
Deeply cynical and manipulative people act accordingly, until they don’t.
The question is never really answered as to why they change where and when they do.
It is suggested at, but never really answered.
The temptation is to say that the changes just don’t make sense.
But then, the changes that people undergo in these contexts usually don’t make sense.
Sometimes its helpful to remember that.
And while Martin’s character will identify later in the movie that those found by Jesus are the most natural people to tell others about being found by Jesus, the movie’s treatment of what coming to Jesus looks like is expressed in terms that are similar to what has become known in some evangelical circles as moralistic therapeutic deism.
“Super-charged grenade launcher of love” would be an interesting title for a sermon.