Moore, played by Mel Gibson, is in command of the 450-man 7th Cavalry, who are dropped via helicopter onto a small patch of ground, tagged as “LZ X-Ray” in the Ia Drang Valley. Col. Moore, along with Sgt. Maj. Basil Plumley, played by Sam Elliott, and the whole 7th, come head-to-head with over 2,000 North Vietnamese. Because of the new era of television, Joe Galloway (Barry Pepper) accompanies the calvary to capture the whole “dominating US operation” on film for the nation to see, firsthand.
As the story unfolds, it becomes clear that the US ground forces are about to get overrun. The next few scenes reminds me of how a lot of guys, myself included, respond to life. Joe Galloway is curled up on the ground in the fetal position in the hopes of not getting killed.
Sgt. Maj. Plumley says, “You can’t take any pictures from down there, Sonny.”
As Galloway gets up, Plumley hands him a rifle. Galloway replies, “I’m a non-combatant, Sir.”
You’ve got to love Plumley’s response to Galloway, “Ain’t no such thing today.”
I can’t tell you how many days I feel like just being a non-combatant. I have a business to run, a wife, teenagers, bills, and the list goes on. Have you ever felt pinned down by the gunfire of life, afraid to poke your head up out of the foxhole? Crap just keeps crawling out of holes at you like Vietnamese soldiers did in this scene? I know I have. We need to see 'crap' for what it really is.
In John 10:10, Jesus gives us a very clear and real description of what we are up against, “The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy.”
When we get up every morning, we have a very real enemy, who wants to take us down. If he takes us out, he takes our families down with us. And, even if you are on your spiritual “A-game," the enemy will come after your wife or attack your kids as a crafty strategy to take YOU out.
Men, we are at war. It is time to quit lying on the ground. Get up; claim the victory that is ours through Jesus Christ and start returning fire.
There 'ain’t no such thing' as a non-combatant. Not today or any day.