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?
Meditate / Make It Real:
What will you give up for others that hate you? How will you love those that hate you?
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