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Leap of Faith 1992 Leap of faith was a movie about a traveling con man turned preacher Reverend Jonas Nightingale who knew how to convince a crowd to fill a donation plate He decided to set up camp in Rustwater Kansas a small farming town hard-hit by drought where one of his tour vans had broken down he seized the opportunity to put on his show as a means of making a quick profit from people desperate for hope With the help of well-researched assistants who had combed the town for information and a manager who fed him cues via a radio transmitter he easily convinced people of his spiritual powers Then one night Jonas Nightingale witnessed an actual miracle of a crippled boy that ended up walking because of his strong faith and belief in God Jonas now found himself in a situation where he knew he could no longer con these people and ended up leaving the town Leap of faith proves how much people believe and have faith in God and would do just about anything to receive his blessing It also shows how some people claiming to be preacherstelevangelists would use peoples weaknesses to their own advantage of making a profit Religious broadcasting has been an integral part of American culture since the very beginning of radiotelevision Over the decades religious broadcasts have periodically generated considerable controversy as they have used the airwaves to transmit unorthodox spiritual messages Toward the end of the 1980s religious broadcasters appeared to self-destruct in the wake of financial and sexual scandals that rocked several major ministries The electronic church ministry of popular television evangelists such as Jimmy Swaggert has been widely criticized on a number of counts Swaggert was immortalized by his tearful televised confessionbut some time later he was stopped while driving in his rented Jaguar with yet another lady of the evening TV evangelists support themselves by appealing to their audiences
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