Excellent message – how one person can change how a whole town lives by simply saying “What would Jesus do?” This movie is very loosly based on the 1898 novel, “In His Steps: What would Jesus Do?” by Charles Sheldon. The names are the same, but the story takes a modern tone, but the valuable lesson is the same. A drifter, played by John Schneider is shunned by the community even the pastor of a dying church, played by Jim Gleason, tells him “I’m sorry that I can’t help you.” But the message the drifter brings to a church is “would Jesus act that way?” As church members start changing the way they do things from running their businesses to helping the less fortunate, the wave of love and goodness takes over the town even when a greedy, ruthless politician wants to take over.
This message is vital to the world in this day and age. Imagine what would happen if every Christian would think before acting and ask themselves “what would Jesus do in my place?
The original story is so different from this version, but it’s the message that’s important. I think the original 1898 story would make a great stage play in period costume. (Gee, sound like something to do!)
There’s another movie, “In His Steps” from 1964 by Christian director Ken Anderson that’s the next one in my Netflix queue. Subscribe so you don’t miss that review!