When His Rifle is the Word of God: Lesson from the Movie Hacksaw Ridge

His mission is to save lives

“While everybody is taking life, I am going to be saving it.”

Does this statement sounds familiar to you?

Yes. It’s from Desmond Doss, the main character of the movie Hacksaw Ridge. The genre is a bio-war drama directed by famous actor and director Mel Gibson.

It’s a true story about a soldier who refused to carry  rifle in the battlefield.  Well, Doss aspires to save lives and volunteers to be a combat medic.

Instead of holding a rocket-propelled grenade, he is holding a Bible and medical kit to assist wounded soldiers. His convictions make him unpopular in his unit.

Doss is repeatedly and fiercely challenged by the army on his refusal to bear arms. While staying true to his religious conviction of saving human life, Doss faced extreme pressure from his fellow soldiers. They beat him, taunt him, and pressure him to quit. They considered a coward until he began to bravely save lives.

Doss is responsible for saving the lives of 75 soldiers during the Battle of Okinawa despite not carrying a rifle into battle.

Yes, 75 wounded soldiers during one of the bloodiest battles of World War II.

Respect comes from results. Noticed that the entire squad waited on Doss to finish praying and hear from God before entering battle. Many leaders falsely want respect prior to it being earned.

The best kind of protection

The movie is portrayed by a man who loves to read the Bible given to him by his girlfriend. Its pretty interesting that during war, he still manage to read the Bible. Surely Doss finds comforts in reading the Word of God.

The uniformed soldiers believed their protection is through bearing arms or weapons. For Doss, his protection is the Word of God and reminded about the sanctity of life and thus, killing will always not be a God’s plan.

The interesting climax of the movie is where he is wounded, in pain, and losing blood. His team unit puts him in a stretcher to move in a safer place down to the steep cliff.

As they carried him, Doss asked his colleagues, “My Bible, where’s my Bible?” One of his colleagues decided to go back to find the Bible and give it to him.

He feels secured when the Bible is with him.

Hacksaw Ridge certainly depicts a story of faith in action and a man who loves to read the Word of God.

“The Lord desires you to study your Bibles. He has not given any additional light to take the place of his Word. This light is to bring confused minds to his Word, which, if eaten and digested, is as the lifeblood of the soul. Then good works will be seen as light shining in darkness.” — Ellen G. White

Richly blessed,