I published two books dealing with the respect for human life, and I included an entire chapter on Desmond T. Doss in each one. This man had such a high concept of the value of human life that he refused to carry a gun even when in the line of fire while dodging enemy bullets.
He would not kill enemies even in self defense. Contrast this with our current policy regarding the sanctity of human life. In 1970 our church adopted a pro-choice position on abortion and many of our Adventist hospitals began offering elective abortion services to their patients. Neal Wilson, who was at the time the president of the North American
Division justified this as follows:
“Though we walk the fence, Adventists lean toward abortion rather than against it. Because we realize we are confronted by big problems of hunger and overpopulation, we do not oppose family planning and appropriate endeavors to control population.”
George Gainer, The Wisdom of Solomon? Spectrum 19/4 (May 1989): 38-46.
Why did he say this? Because the managers of our Castle Memorial Hospital in Hawaii requested permission to offer “elective” abortions in addition to the so-called “therapeutic” one.
Then in 1992 the GC Autumn Council approved our “Guidelines on Abortion” to make room for abortion and our Loma Linda University modified its Physician’s Oath for the same reason. The Hippocratic Oath that forbade abortion was replaced with a statement that protected the alleged women’s right to choose between life and death for the unborn.
The life of Desmond T. Doss offers an incredible contrast between the attitudes of Adventists towards the value of human life almost a century ago as opposed to that of the present generation of Adventists. He risked his own safety and convenience for the sake of others; today many women sacrifice the life of the unborn in order to protect their own convenience.
I hope the “Hacksaw Ridge” film will help Adventists realize how far we have departed from the high moral value of the Desmond T. Doss generation. This incredible man was willing to sacrifice his own life if necessary in order to protect the life of others. We destroy the lives of the unborn in order to protect our lifestyle. What a shame! His life condemns our own. We need to repent and seek God’s forgiveness.