I'm in the habit of opening the door for people - nothing unusual about that, I know, but to me it's plain good manners. It's a kind of recognition of a person who just passes by fleetingly but, is after all, a fellow traveller on this marvellous orb called Earth.
So it was today that after filling up with petrol (gas) at our local service station, I went to the cashier's booth to pay. As I entered, a man was leaving and I opened the door for him to pass, waiting while he walked through. As it happened, I recognised him, a prominent (in dubdom) local elder. I smiled.
Did he acknowledge me? No
Did he even say thank you for my act of politeness? No.
Actually he looked sternly straight ahead as if I was a.....well, a doorman, I s'pose.
Such a thing happens from time to time. I recall that there was one occasion when at an office I was working at, the window cleaner came to be paid. As he left I opened the door for him, and he simply pushed past me. It was noticed by the manager who wanted to know how someone who was known to me (he was a pioneer elder and part-time at Bethel) could behave in such a way. Of course, I was able to give him "a witness"1
There was another occasion when a local elder (a Service Overseer in our old congo) actually pushed me over to get past me!!
How tragic their lives have become! Presumably their self-righteousness causes them to overlook basic human kindnesses but I think most would call their conduct just plain bad manners. But then, are dubs taught that ethics and manners, I wonder?
From Stephen's speech to the Sanhedrin comes this example of treatment that is clearly from those who oppose God:
"But the man who was mistreating the other pushed Moses aside and said, 'Who made you ruler and judge over us?'" - Acts 7:27
Then we have Paul's words:
"Love does no harm to its neighbor" - Romans 13:10
We also have the Parable of the Good Samaritan in response to the question: "Who is my neighbor?" (Luke 10)
Strange then that the WTS shoud boast that their teachings are "Bible based"!
But really, their conduct is self-defeating for who would want to "go back" to an organisation like that?
Still, I will continue to open the door for anyone, no matter who they are.