In the movie Hacksaw Ridge, pacifist Desmond T. Doss, refuses to bear arms during WWII on religious grounds. The movie portrays his obstacles after being drafted, initially ostracized by fellow soldiers for his pacifist stance. In the beginning of the film, we see his upbringing and how this shaped his views. His father, an American army veteran himself, grieves by the tombstones of his army company that died during World War I. Back home, he raises his sons in a pious setting and asks them to shun weapons. After a naughty fight turns awry, Desmond reads the Bible and vows not to harm another human in his life thereafter.
Shortly after, the United States enters the Second World War and both sons enlist. The rigorous regimen of training in the Army requires Desmond to clear his firearms training, but after a huge tiff with his seniors and his father, an old corporal intervenes to save Desmond from being court-martialed by having him serve with the Army as a medic. Although criticized by other soldiers through the movie, he eventually earns the respect and adoration for his bravery, selflessness and compassion after he risked his life — without firing a shot — to save 75 men in the Battle of Okinawa.
As a result, he becomes the first man in American history to receive the Medal of Honor without firing a shot.
Read John 15:13. What does this verse tell you?
How strong are you in your convictions to live a righteous life? How has this affected your relationships with others?
What will you give up for others that hate you? How will you love those that hate you?
Carlos F. Peña is first and foremost a faithful follower of Christ and a devoted husband and father. Professionally he is a CEO, CMO, certified executive, leadership and life coach, business consultant, author, and entrepreneur for various companies he owns and operates. Over the years, Carlos has served in multiple leadership roles in business and ministry. Carlos is President and CMO of Pumped®, Inc., a brand development and design firm, CEO of Led to Lead®, a leadership, career, and business coaching company, and the founder and creator of the FX3® program. In ministry, he currently serves as Director of Men's Small Groups at Christ Fellowship in Miami, FL, focusing on discipleship. Carlos considers it his life's mission to help men discover and challenge them to be the men God desires them to be.
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