Lincoln

If you haven’t been to see Lincoln, get on Fandango and buy your ticket now. 

No one should miss this new film about President Lincoln’s efforts to pass the Thirteenth Amendment. 

Daniel Day-Lewis’ depiction of Abraham Lincoln is amazing. Right up there with Meryl Streep’s portrayal of Julia Child and Margaret Thatcher.  It’s like you’re watching Lincoln come to life on the screen. 

The rest of the cast, including Tommy Lee Jones, Hal Holbrook, and Sally Field, are brilliant, too.

Never have I been moved so quickly by a movie.  Only five minutes had passed  before tears were streaming down my cheeks. 

I’ve always loved the stories about Lincoln’s availability to the general public during his term in office.  How people just walked right up to the White House, rang the doorbell, and asked to speak to the President.

And he made time for them. 

In the opening scene of the movie two Union soldiers are addressing a figure we can only see from behind.  The soldiers are African-American and they take turns describing what battles they’ve fought in during the ongoing Civil War.  The camera pans to reveal that the figure listening to them is President Lincoln.

He listens intently.  Gently.  As though he had all the time in the world. 

War is rushing all around them, but Lincoln never budges. 

(I know how powerful it can be to have someone listen to you like that.)

Instead, Lincoln asks more questions about their experience and one of the soldiers begins to tell him earnestly what the war has really been like for them as Black soldiers.  About that time two soldiers who are Caucasian approach Lincoln and interrupt the Black soldier to talk to the President, reciting passages from his recent address at Gettysburg.

Lincoln is kind, seemingly glad that they’re familiar with his speech, but it’s obvious he’s more interested in hearing about the Black soldier’s life.  And it’s obvious from the way these two soldiers interrupted the Black soldier that they didn’t really get the meaning behind what they were reciting.  

Lincoln was anxious to get back to the real conversation. 

It was evident that he was more impressed with hearing what was on a young man’s heart than hearing passages of his own words recited. 

I can’t help but think God feels the same way.

 

 

 

 

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One Comment Add yours

  1. djlazzell says:

    ….and BAM!

    Great post and awesome parallel! Nailed it!

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