Christian Servicemen’s Problems

Beacon Lights is fighting a two-front war. It is interested in the welfare of our societies on the home front, but it is also interested in the welfare and peculiar problems of our boys in service.

Ted writes from camp: “a few of us have organized a society and are holding regular meetings very similar to those of our young men’s societies at home.”

John writes from overseas: “As frequently as possible, sometimes every night of the week, a group of fellows get together to discuss a portion of Scripture. We have some very nice meetings. Very often the subject of God’s election is brought into the discussion.”

Jim informs us from overseas that some of the men have organized a Christian Fellowship Club. He has attended their meetings a few times, but since it is an organization of all kinds of persuasions he wonders whether he should join it.

Others have had similar experiences. What do you know about these meetings and organizations? And what do you think of them? We would like to know.

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Harry tells us, while home on a furlough, that the chapel services in camp are so saturated with modernism that he prefers to spend his time with his Bible in his barracks.

Tom writes that he generally goes to the neighboring town on Sunday, so that he can attend a Baptist or Presbyterian Church.

We realize that the problem is not the same in all localities. But we do appreciate hearing the opinions of others on this subject.

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Joe writes home that the movie is quite a common thing among the armed forces. There are pictures of actual combat which they must see as a part of their training. But there are also movies, often displayed in the open, which are intended to serve as morale builders.

The folks at home wonder whether the movie craze is not captivating our men in service. And whether the movie problem will not be intensified, especially after our boys return home.

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Dick realizes that they are being impregnated with a spirit of hate and revenge against our enemies, particularly against the “treacheous” Japanese. He has always been taught that we must hate all God’s enemies, but certainly not our personal enemies. He feels that a Christian should have a purer motive for doing his duty than merely to seek revenge. He is dealing with a very concrete problem.

These are but a few of the many peculiar problems that are faced by our boys serving in the armed forces. The list can readily be enlarged.

How about it, fellows? Beacon Lights is eager to receive your letters, either acquainting us with some of your problems or airing your views on any problem you have faced. We are just as interested as you are.

If you prefer to have your letters published without your signature. you have it for the asking. But you must sign them.

We are waiting to hear from you.