Every now and then I get the song "Forward You Witnesses" stuck in my head.
"Forward you Witnesses ever strong of heart
It's true that in God's work you too must have a part
Go tell far and wide God's New Order is here
something, something, something ...be here"
BTW - Didn't I see a post on this site or maybe an article listing the fact that the author of those lyrics was a German witness who collaborated with the Nazis during WWII timeframe? He gave them names of other Witnesses and thus survived the war???
If so, I find the reference to the "New Order" quite interesting. My understanding was that Hitler referred to his version of what the world should be as a "New Order" and that is why Witness changed their terminology at one point and started saying "New System of Things".
The kingdom songs may not be evil in and of their own right - but to me they represent everything that I have tried so hard to leave behind. They trigger thoughts and feelings that are tied up with guilt and doubt. I feel that they are tools used to assist with the brainwashing of the rank & file. Because I feel this way I doubt I will ever be able to appreciate anything about them...
I JUST REMEMBERED - for the longest time I only lip synched during the songs at meeting. I couldn't bring myself to actually sing the words. That was when I was on my way out. It was my own private superstition...if I sang the words I was really accepting the JW mindset...it seems very silly to me now. And very sad...