I am thinking of stepping down from my position in the congregation. This is the first big step to my fade from the JW world. I talked to my wife about it and she told me that she thought it was best I did because there is no reason to do something if your heart is not wanting to do that. She has encouraged me to make a choice of staying in or getting out but she said she does not want me to DA or DF. She thinks if I am going to stop going, just fade away so that I can still have contact with family and friends and it would be easier for her from a family standpoint. I agree that for now, a fade is best. So I am ready to start. I have to take the first step though. I have tried to come up with a valid reason that will not draw too much attention though. I have had increased work through my job, but that fluctuates and the brothers know that. So, I don't think I can use that. I thought about health, but then they inquire too much on that. I thought about saying I am ill spiritually, but that too will cause high levels of inquiries. So, any excuses anyone else used that kept people and questions to a minimum? And yes, the truth would be best but that is not going to happen.
I could hear it now-
rock: I am stepping down brother COBE.
COBE: Why would you want to do that?
rock: because I have issues with the blood transfusion.
COBE: what issues?
rock: how do you justify taking from a pool of blood banked by worldly people but you wont give?
COBE: blood is sacred, we don't donate blood.
rock: if it is sacred, and you won't give, how can you use the supply of sacred blood?
COBE: we use fractions.
rock: which come from donated blood
COBE: Yes, but many people use blood that do not donate
rock: true, but if many people stole a dollar from their boss, just because they do it doesn't make it right.
COBE: you are missing the point
rock: and the point is?
COBE: Jehovah said blood is sacred.
rock: then why are you using it?
COBE: we are not using it, we use fractions
rock: which come from donated blood, right?
Well, this is just one of the many topics I could choose from, this one just sets ill with me particularly bad today for personal reasons.