Growing up, one of my father’s favorite movies was Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. The story followed the adventures of Indiana Jones and his father as they searched for the Holy Grail, or the cup Jesus used during the Last Supper. It is a fictitious story, but it was entertaining and had some interesting moments, causing you think. One of the more poignant events in the film was when Indiana Jones faces the “Leap of Faith” from the lion’s mouth. You can watch the clip below.
What makes this moment interesting is that Jones’ is stuck between a rock and a hard place. If he does not go forward his father will die. If he does go forward, he faces the possibility of falling to his death. These are not simple choices. However, Indiana Jones makes the choice to go forward and discovers that there is a land bridge, hidden by an optical illusion. As in all analogies, they all break down at some point.
Faith in God is a leap, but it’s of a different kind. Faith in God is a leap into the truth of God’s word and promises. It is neither blind nor uncertain. Faith is a choice and a lifestyle. We choice to trust in God and we must live out the consequences of this choice everyday. Too often, we think of faith like Indiana does, as a win-lose proposition. Nothing could be further from the truth. Faith is always win-win because regardless of what happens next, God will receive the glory.