“The film won a total of nine Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) awards: five presented December 7 at The Star in Sydney, and four handed out earlier in the week. It picked up best film, best director, best lead actor, best supporting actor, best original screenplay, best editing, best sound, best production design and best cinematography. …
Hacksaw Ridge tells the story of Doss, the first conscientious objector in American history to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. The Adventist army medic braved bullets, grenades, and snipers while single-handedly evacuating the wounded from behind enemy lines during World War II. He is credited with saving at least 75 lives.
Adventists are being encouraged to use the movie’s publicity as an opportunity to “share the faith of Doss” with friends, families, neighbors and colleagues.…”
My Comments: Yes, we need to spread the news about the incredible example set by this valiant Adventist who dodged enemy bullets while saving the lives of fellow American soldiers. It is a real joy to have this opportunity to spread the good news about Adventist exemplary and heroic behavior under extremely dangerous circumstances.
Shall we also include some bad news about Adventist past behavior? Shall honesty move us to include only the good—but not the bad—about our past history? Did Bible authors limit their reporting to only the good behavior of men like Adam, Abraham, Jacob, King David, Peter and many others? Did they not include both the good and the bad?
When telling the story of Desmond Doss, aren’t we actually selling Adventism to the world? For almost four decades I was in the business of selling homes to my clientele. Thee first lesson I learned when I applied for my Realtor’s license was my duty of full disclosure. I was required to point not only the good features of the property to a potential buyer, but to also call their attention to any defects that were visible.
Are the rules governing the sale of our religion to others less stringent than in real estate? Should we hide in our evangelistic effort facts like the killing of innocent human beings in our Adventist hospitals starting back in 1970 when our leaders opened the door to abortion on demand?
Shall we also hide the fact that even today our Adventist Health System follows our “Guidelines on Abortion” document that justifies abortion under a variety of circumstances including when an unwanted pregnancy affects the mental health of a woman?
Is it morally right to kill an innocent unborn baby because the woman is temporarily mentally depressed? Do not forget that pregnancy is a temporary condition, while abortion is permanent and irreversible. Is it right to violate God’s Law for the sake of lifestyle or a temporary mental depression?
Shall we also disclose that both Loma Linda and La Sierra Universities have included the name of the greatest abortionist in the history of California among the most honored donors to said Adventist institutions? These are questions that bother me a great deal!