"Me…?"

15 Dec

In this scene from the 1989 movie Glory, Robert Shaw (played by Matthew Broderick) is talking to his alcoholic friend Cabot Forbes (played by Cary Elwes) about his recent promotion to the position of Colonel of the first “colored regiment” during the Civil War. I thought that this was a beautiful picture of the Gospel.

Forbes: “Hey, Robert, what’s wrong?”

Shaw: “I’m gonna do it.”

Forbes: “You’re not serious.”

Shaw: “Yeah… and I want you to come with me.”

Forbes [clearly taken aback at the request]: “Me? Can you picture me in charge of a regiment. I don’t picture me in charge of anything.”

Shaw: “I would be honored to have you.”

Forbes [accepting the offer]: “Then you’re an idiot…”

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