CLASSIC TRUMPISM: UN JUST A 'CLUB' FOR PEOPLE TO HAVE A GOOD TIME
HAD ENOUGH THERAPY: SHOULD WE WITHDRAW FROM THE UN?
Today it's been warm and windy outside after freezing cold temps last week. It's a nice break from winter. I couldn't do much more than clean, sweep up and go for a good afternoon hike. Tonight, an early bedtime with prayers of thanksgiving for so many blessings. Simply wonderful as quiet comes to the country outside Nashville. Believe me, it won't be quiet for long, so I'm going to enjoy the down time as much as I can over the next few days.
Mel Gibson's Hacksaw Ridge is easily one of the best films of the year (89 percent on Rotten Tomatoes), but it's not primarily due to cinematic effects. Perhaps better than any other, the movie portrays the vital struggle for religious freedom, and what a Christian must do with that hard-won victory.
Indeed, Hacksaw Ridge is really two movies — one
about fighting for religious freedom, and another about the heroism of
Christian faith in the face of hellish adversity. One about achieving
the freedom to live out the faith, and one about how to honor that
freedom. It tells the heroic tale of Desmond Doss, a conscientious
objector who felt it his duty to serve in World War II, but who refused
to take up arms.
Doss — played by Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spiderman,
2012) — calls himself a "conscientious cooperator" and explains that he
wants to serve on the battlefield, but he has a problem with "carrying a
gun and taking a human life." His solution? Become a battlefield medic.
From the beginning, Doss struggles to follow his conscience. He earnestly believes he must
fight in the war, despite pressure from his father (and later his
commanding officer) to stay home and let others fight for him. He also
earnestly believes it is wrong to kill, and he refuses to even touch a
rifle, no matter how much it costs him. As he tells his wife, "I don't
know how I'm gonna live with myself if I don't stay true to what I
commanding officer does not take kindly to that idea. When Doss refuses
to train with a rifle, the squad mocks him. In a disgusting moment, his
fellow soldier drags him through the mud, saying, "I don't think this
is a matter of religion. I think this is cowardice."