Mel Gibson's "Hacksaw Ridge" - about the first conscientious objector in U.S. history to be awarded the Medal of Honor - received a 10-minute standing ovation at the Venice Film Festival on Sunday. That is something of a rarity.
Hacksaw Ridge centers on the real-life story of Desmond T. Doss, a Seventh-day Adventist conscientious objector who saved 75 fellow soldiers in Okinawa without firing a single bullet; a pacifist, he in fact refused to even carry a gun.
“While everybody else is taking life, I’m going to be saving it,” Doss (Garfield) says in the trailer (above), giving a passionate defence of his stance that eventually wins over his officers.
“Private Doss, you are free to run into the hell fire of battle without a single weapon to protect yourself,” he is told in court.
It is heartwarming to see this positive reaction of a fellow Seventh-day Adventist who stood up for his biblical beliefs. May it inspire each of us to stand up for what we know to be God's truth--no matter the cost.
[Note] Fulcrum7 does not endorse Hollywood, or its penchant for bad language, inappropriate values and immorality, should there be any in this movie. We enthusiastically endorse the true story of Private Desmond Doss, a Seventh-day Adventist drafted into the United States Army in 1942. Without endorsing movie theaters, we hope that the movie accurately represents the biblical Christian values of Desmond T. Doss.
“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death" (Revelation 12:11).