British Soldier: You call yourself a patriot, and loyal subject to the Crown?
Hawkeye: I do not call myself subject to much at all.
I’ve reached a milestone of sorts, able to clearly recall events from 20 years ago. This reality was pressed upon me today when considering the lines above from one of my favorite films, The Last of the Mohican’s (1992). The scene is one of many beautifully constructed sequences displaying the scant regard the main character has for the colonial law of pre-America. Offering him British favor was like Belshazzar offering Daniel third place in Babylon. There is something irresistible about a character that can’t be bought, and doesn’t care what you do to him. The apostle Paul is a first century Hawkeye. For him the inane establishment was Rome, and the offer was his freedom if he would just stop preaching the gospel. My guess is that if Caesar himself walked up and told him to stop in order to show what a loyal subject of the Empire he was, Paul would say apart from Jesus Christ, he isn’t subject to much at all. With that attitude, you hold all the cards.