The Passion of the C.O.

August 31, 2004



[Earn this]While Kay is away, I am watching movies that she would not enjoy, one each night. Last night’s movie was Saving Private Ryan. Mike A. came over and we watched it together — my first time, his third. This is an amazing movie. And the surround sound is awesome.

There’s a line towards the end of the movie that I could not make out. After the movie was done, I turned on subtitles and went back to that scene. Wow. As I continued thinking about it this morning, the characters changed in my head, and it went like this:

Captain Jesus Christ: [weakly mutters something as he dies]
Private Reid: [leans in closer] What, sir?
Captain Jesus Christ: Jonathan, earn this… earn it.



Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.

3 responses to The Passion of the C.O.

  1. Good movie, feels like works though.

  2. Dude, you realize this puts a wildly different spin on things if you think of Hanks’ character as a Christ figure. Christ goes to Europe on D-Day. Christ blows up tanks with improvised explosives. Christ fights the Nazis. Hmm, I think you might get better attendance at church with that kind of a story, actually. 🙂

  3. Russell, I wondered if someone might think that! 🙂 No, for me, the metaphor is about Ephesians 4:1 and Colossians 1:10.
    Chris, there you go, nothing a few pyrotechnics can’t solve. (…Actually, the D-Day analogy is a story used in Vineyard churches.)