I don't think people are jealous that you are not there, I think it's more of a ,"I'm here filling my seat being bored, and therefor so should EVERYONE ELSE." In other words, they have to put up with the same mindless crap week after week, and they expect everyone else should too.
But seriously, I think the whole "please come back to the meetings" thing that I've been hearing about on here over the last 2 years or so is being driven by the fact that so many are leaving the the Kingdom Halls are seriously empty, even on Sundays. This is especially so in 16-30 age group. We are intelligent, research EVERYTHING online, and of course that's dangerous to control groups looking to hide their past and mistakes.
The last meeting I went to (about 4 years ago) at my local KH on a Sunday was VERY empty. It was like April too, so no snow and not summer yet (Pennsylvana) so where was everyone?? It was really sad...the place was practically empty. Only about 1/4 to 1/3 of the seats were filled. Boring as hell too. I can't imagine any "Worldly" person being impressed enough to come back. I've visited some Methodist and Lutheran churches in my area to see if they suffer from the same depletion syndrome. Guess what? NOT!! They were almost completely full, had activies, youth groups, etc, etc. It was completely the opposite.
I swear, I think of that scripture that the JW's constantly used to use about, "Get ouf of her my people," and it almost seems now like it was written about the JW's - people leaving them!
If my parents were still alive, they wouldn't even recognize this so-called "religion." So much has changed it's not even funny. Sad thing is, it's changed for the WORSE.
- Wing Commander