A pastor who is struggling with his faith and his non-committal congregation meet a stranger. The stranger reignites their faith to enable them to save their church and community from a corrupt politician. Based on the book, In His Steps by Charles M. Sheldon. Starring John Schneider, Maxine Bahns, Adam Gregory
This is a quintessential Christian film with a great overall message. A stranger comes to town and simply asks the townspeople, “What would Jesus do?” In doing so, a floundering church congregation is prompted to take a closer look at their lives to see if they are truly living like Jesus would want them to. Although the message is clear, the writing and acting are not.
I found the acting to be bland, for the most part. I was also troubled by the mother, who at times seemed understanding, desiring the best for her son, only to turn and be upset at his change of heart. Seeing that they both had some measure of faith, I was confused by her response.
One key aspect of the message that I felt the film lacked was love. One of the great commandments is to love your neighbor as yourself, but this was not a focus of the movie. If it weren’t for the positive message, I don’t know if I could recommend this film. If you can look past the acting and writing, I would say it is worth a watch; otherwise, it is a pass for me.