I use to meet with my oldest friend (ex-best friend) once a month and catch up on old times.
He has always been a JW. He was my brother in law. He brought me in to the "Truth".
I was DF'd when I split with his sister (my wife) over alcoholism (on her part).
She later plowed into the back of a parked car while drunk (being chased by the cops). She died.
She never was even called up before the committe about her drinking. It might have saved her life. Maybe not.
But, I was the one DF'd. Go figure.
I was in California. He was in Texas.
When I moved back I was living in Fort Worth and he was living in Corpus Christi.
But, he moved back.
He looked me up. He knew I was DF'd but he sought ME out for lunch and conversations.
That's the set up.
During these conversations we ALWAYS got around to something or other having to do with JW's.
It was never a heated argument. I made sure of that. It was more of a factual give and take....and his opinions.
Okay, are you with me?
Here is where I slipped up. I would go on JWD and write about these conversations in detail.
Why not? They were interesting. How many of us get to even have ANY meaningful input from an active believing JW that isn't brief and full of rancor?
Anyway, eventually one of his five DF'd kids (yes, ALL of his kids were DF'd) saw my posts and reported back to him some of the things I quoted him as having said. These were things NOT complimentary about the Governing Body and the doctrinal changes. He said them and I reported what he said.
This put him in a bad spot. He would NEVER admit these things to his DF'd kids because he had always said just the opposite when arguing with them.
Ironically, the same doubts and complaints his kids had---HE HAD AS WELL--and he had obviously never admitted his doubts to them.
His son was really ticked off I suppose and confronted him.
This is where the TOPIC SUBJECT comes in to play. Being the honest, courageous christian man he is---HE LIED about ME and said I was the rascal
making things up. He told his whole family and anybody who would listen.
This got back to me.
I was criticised for posting these conversations in the first place.
Okay. I probably should NOT HAVE. But, I did. And, since I'm a jerk--I'm NOT sorry about it. So there.
But, the interesting fallout over this---is that HE, the amazingly consistent JW--LIED ABOUT ME LYING! To protect himself, of course.
If I'm bad; he's a hypcrite. I don't care which is worse.
The more I thought about this the angrier I got. Eventually I let it go.
Since we didn't talk again for a couple of years--I let it pass.
When his mom died (before the revelation) I was INVITED TO THE JW FUNERAL even though I am DF'd because I was a lifelong family friend.
But, after this revelation, when his father died I WAS NOT invited. I went anyway and my "friend" left early so as to not be there when I arrived.
Eventually, a couple of years later...my Aunt died. Since he works at the funeral home and was the guy who sold my Aunt the pre-paid burial policy he was there to "help". He was great. My cousin and I consulted and he sat in and helped out. We all actually laughed together.
He offered to officiate at the gravesite ceremony.
Okay. We were childhood friends. He knew my Aunt for years and years. We all grew up together.
My cousin and I said, "Yes."
Guess what kind of service he gave?
Yep--you got it: a JW funeral service!
Sigh......My Aunt was NEVER a JW.
It was awkward.
I was pissed.
My cousin was okay with it and it was her mother....so....that's that.
This is a very long answer to a short question.
I just thought I would share it because sometimes our ties with our former "brothers" is very deep and very complicated.
Right now it is LOVE/Hate/puzzlement.