Please Lord help me get one more!
Those were the words that Pfc. Desmond Doss kept repeating as he rescued his fellow soldiers behind enemy lines. Doss enlisted as a soldier during World War II but was ostracized by his colleagues due to his pacifist beliefs and stance. He later went on to earn the respect of his colleagues and superiors for his bravery, selflessness and compassion after he risked his life to save 75 men in the Battle of Okinawa. Desmond Doss became the first conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honour—America’s highest award for courage under fire.
Hacksaw Ridge is a movie about Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield-the spiderman guy), who won the Congressional Medal of Honor despite refusing to bear arms during WWII on religious grounds. Even though he was a medic and medics were trained to carry weapons, Doss maintained that carrying weapons was against his belief. He was ridiculed, beaten by colleagues and almost went to prison for his belief. However, he won his court martial case and went to war with the sole purpose of helping wounded soldiers. This he achieved without carrying a weapon.
His colleagues and superiors thought he was going to be among the first to die at the war front because he had no weapon to defend himself during battle. But Doss had a conviction which he truly believed in. He had a value and was willing to stand by it. America took over Hacksaw Ridge, all thanks to Doss’s bravery and heroics, the man everyone thought was going to die at war.
When I watched the movie, I was touched to my core. Even though the lessons in the movie can benefit everyone, I would like to address the body of Christ with this particular one because it passes a very strong message to believers.
Apostle Paul addressed believers as soldiers (2Tim. 2:3-4). Soldiers get injured during battle; some die while some luckily escape with mere scratches. But I have learnt from the American soldier Code of Conduct “Never leave a fallen comrade”. No matter what happens, a wounded or dead soldier should never be left behind during battle.
As soldiers of Christ we war daily (Eph. 6:11-18). And in the midst of the wars we get wounded. There are so many wounded soldiers in the body Christ today. Some are going through secret sins; some have been or are being abused while a lot more are injured one way or another. The fact remains that we have many injured soldiers amidst us that we are ignorant of. And in our ignorance, we keep sending them to war! It really is saddening that we have just a few soldiers like Desmond Doss in the body of Christ. Everyone is busy minding his or her business. I thought TEAM meant TOGETHER EVERYONE ACHIEVES MORE?
Sadly, most Christians see the body of Christ as a competition instead of a team. I see some believers condemning other believers because they think they are any better or holier. These people forget that wounded soldiers can healed if rescued and return to war thereby strengthening the team. On the other hand, some wounded soldiers hide their injuries and go to war making them weak on the battle field. These soldiers easily fall at the hands of the enemies. Till you visit the medic you are prone to the slightest form of attack.
God needs more soldiers like Doss in the body of Christ. Christians that don’t bad mouth other Christians. Christians that pray not only for the souls of unbelievers but that of believers. And as much as we organize rallies, evangelism and the likes for lost souls, let’s not forget some Christians have also lost their bearing. For those we see missing the mark, rather than gossip or mock, lend out a helping hand; it sure goes a long way (Heb 12:13 MSG, James 5:19-20 MSG). I plead with you today, God is waiting on you. Remain forever blessed!
NB: I also recommend the movie to anyone who has not watched it.