Chaplain's Corner: Five reasons to visit base chapels
An ancient Hebrew poet radically celebrated his visit to God’s house by saying, “For a day in your court is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness,” Psalm 84:10.
Wouldn’t it be nice to find such contentment and satisfaction in your life? One could only talk like this Psalmist by believing that we are made by God.
You may disagree completely with the Psalmist about a temple or a church being so exciting. Perhaps you have questions and doubts about God’s existence and the evidence for faith. Maybe you blame your grandmother for long ago putting you over the normal lifetime’s quota of church visits by dragging you along every Wednesday evening and all day Sunday too. Nevertheless, I’d like to propose my top five reasons to consider paying a visit to an Okinawa base chapel:
5) You can usually go to chapel worship services on your base without arranging a liberty-buddy team.
4) Respectful inquiries in pursuit of truth and understanding are always welcome. Being on Okinawa gives you access to a greater diversity of chapels and faith groups than almost any other duty station. Why not take this opportunity to explore what people from other traditions believe? Seeking the truth is necessary for a life of honor, courage and commitment.
3) Some chapel congregations like to share meals with hungry Marines and sailors. (Try Camp Foster’s Protestant’s pot-luck fellowship meal at 8:30 a.m. the third Sunday of each month). Maybe you’ll meet me at that same service and take me up on my open Ping-Pong challenge: Win a game, and I’ll buy you a pizza!
2) You’ll have a good chance of meeting other Marines and sailors who are seeking or have found healthier ways of living and serving in the military.
1) Your chaplain’s office will be more than happy to give you a copy of the Okinawa base chapel schedule and answer any questions you have … just ask!