Growing up in the 70's and 80's in the JW religion who remembers the massive stadium gigs the Watchtower used to hold?
We used to denounce false religion in the starkest of terms. We were right and by god we were letting anyone who listened know it. Governing Body members would attend conventions, the urgency of the end times was impressed upon us, and literature released to provide us with spiritual food to help us preach the good news with all urgency. The GB member would call out Babylon the Great with all their anger and the stadium would erupt into a frenzy of appaluse.
We were right and everyone would know it. The convention would end with 15,000 persons singing their heart out and a fervernt prayer; all would depart home filled with zeal for the good news and determination that the short time left to us would be filled with service to Jehovah and nothing would stop us. We had the "truth"
I mention this because despite myself, with my knowlege its all a croc of shit, I am nostalgic sometimes for the memories I have attending these conventions. I personally havent set foot in a convention since 1990 but despite everything have very happy memories of the camraderie and sense of shared purpose.
Now its all presenation above substance: sanitised videos and prepared statments. Wishy washy songs and bring your own lunch.
I wonder if back then they had it more right than now? I am under no illusion the message is wrong and they are nothing but a dangerous cult. But at least back then they knew how to stir it up!
Many like me, who have been lucky enough to escape the Watchtower lead fulfiling lives. But looking back, you can't escape your past, and sometimes on nights like tonight, I remember the not so bad bits.
Hope that makes sense?