Wow, haven’t been around here in a while and it's nice to see some familiar names as well as new ones.
Well, it’s that time of year again when some members of my family decide that they need to go preach where “the need is great.” This usually means they will go to some rural area of the country, and travel by car to get to some remote house in the hope that there is someone at home they can speak with. Then they will get in the car and travel for another 30 minutes or so and repeat the process all over again. Two or three months later and lots of hours spent traveling by car (of course they count their time while in the car), they will come back home with some great stories to tell, and as they put it, “filled with Jehovah’s spirit.” This they do, because it is life saving work and they must reach out to those that have not heard the truth.
Now in my mind this raises a few questions. If they are conducting “life saving work,” why are they preaching to the choir? What I mean is, they are targeting individuals who speak their own language, individuals who have resources available to read or learn about the Jehovah’s Witness faith if they chose to do so, and the majority of these individuals already believe in God and Christianity. Is the need to reach these individuals really that great? Oh yes, I forgot, they are not Jehovah’s Witness; therefore yes, there is a need because they are doomed, or damned if you prefer.
But what about the BILLIONS of people in other countries who are not Christians? There are approximately 1.5 BILLION Muslims, 900 million Hindus, 400 million Buddhists, 24 million Sikhs, and 14 million Jews. (http://www.wholesomewords.org/missions/greatc.html)
I could be wrong, but I doubt the majority of these people have ever heard of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Wouldn’t these locations qualify as places where “the need is truly great?” Why are they not bending over backwards to travel to these locations and preach the good news? If preaching door-to-door or face-to-face is truly life saving work, are these lives not worth saving? Why is their “Society” not encouraging everyone to learn a new language, to travel and reach these individuals? No need to travel 30 minutes by car to reach one person, in most of these countries you can’t throw a stone without hitting at least 20 people. Wouldn’t these areas be considered “a preaching paradise?”
Oh but wait, these areas are dangerous, they would be putting their lives on the line. The governments are hostile and the people are not receptive. No need to unnecessarily risk their lives. But isn’t this exactly what Jesus did, risk/trade his life in a hostile environment and against non-receptive individuals, so that everyone could have a chance at life? Didn’t his apostles preach in hostile territories? Was the commandment to preach only in areas where your life or sense of security would not be in danger? I’m not saying to be stupid or to risk your life unnecessarily, but if preaching is truly life saving work, isn’t some risk worth it? This is what soldiers, policemen, firefighters do every day; they risk their lives and their sense of security so we can have ours. So I ask again; if the preaching effort is really the number one concern for Jehovah’s Witnesses, why are they not focusing their efforts where the need is truly great?
So, some members of my family will go this summer and preach where “the need is great.” But you and I know better don’t we?
Well enough of that, I guess I’m just in a reflective mood, thanks for letting me vent. I’ll try not to be such a stranger around here. Until next time.