Not Subject To Much

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.

One thought on “Not Subject To Much

  1. Mene, Mene, Tekel u-Pharsin – It was the hand of God writing on the wall for King Belshazzar – God has numbered the days of your kingdom and brought it to an end; You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting; Your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.- Daniel 5

    What is more worthless than a bribe from an authority, still pompously masquerading as one in power but clearly on the verge of being deposed and utterly destroyed? Daniel may have pitied the wounded mislead puppy King Belshazzar, but I suspect not for long.

    Likewise, Paul’s Leader Redeemer the Lord Jesus Christ was always in direct contact with His subject and apart from Jesus Christ, no power known in the universe can subject us to anything at all. Like Paul, we know for whom we are working, our Creator, Savior and King Jesus Christ!

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