Originally posted at Made to Flourish.
Hacksaw Ridge recounts the compelling true story of Desmond T. Doss (Andrew Garfield), a devout Seventh Day Adventist and the first conscientious objector to be awarded the Medal of Honor for his valiant bravery at the Battle of Okinawa in World War II. (See the movie trailer below.) The film chronicles Doss’s life from his childhood in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia to his enlistment in the US Army and heroic exploits on the battlefield. Set against the jolting backdrop of bloody, violent battle scenes, Doss’s faith is central to the film and is the motivating force behind how he lives and works. Desmond’s commanding officer and fellow soldiers scoff at his faith and equate his conviction to not carry a weapon with cowardice. However, before the movie ends, the men refuse to go back to the front line without Doss because this man of faith proved to be the most courageous among them.
Dr. Francis Schaeffer once said, “All truth is God’s truth.” This means, we can learn from this Seventh Day Adventist worldview. Here are a few Faith, Work, and Economics (FWE) themes to ponder.
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