Well guys sorry I haven't participated much lately, I've been really busy. But, I do have a question that I would really appreciate ALL of your input on.
It is no secret that young people are leaving JWs faster and faster. It is no secret that most JWs are disappointed, and hurt by lack of prophecy fulfillment.
So here's what I was thinking: I'm going to post some VERY personal thoughts on what *I* think they need to do in order to stop the loss of almost 50,000 disfellowshipped and probably 4x that to inactivity. It's not that I necessarily think everyone would *ever* want to go back, but more: would you ever have left if "X" were different. Maybe when the post gets interesting I'll email it to some contacts/friends in Bethel. Please, if possible, don't post "I'll NEVER go back!" I'm just looking for changes that you think need to be made....
1. The Society MUST encourage members to become active participants in their communities. Volunteering time to worthwhile organizations, Voting (11/01/QFR)if you want to, Serving on Organization Boards (our religion is almost TOTALLY unrepresented on every board I've sat on. People are shocked to find out my religious affiliation, and are always happy to have me.) Enough of this "no part of the world" theory the way they make it out to be.
2. The Society has cultivated a culture where their members are not free to dissent or disagree openly. This same dysfunction carries over to most family relations, with JW parents going ballistic if thier children don't do what they are expected to do. Parental Control MUST be slackened. Parents MUST allow their children to ask questions, make mistakes, and above all HAVE A NORMAL LIFE. This means school games, proms, band, college, whatever it takes. Enough with this seclusion.
3. The Society must openly adopt a policy that *ANY* criminal activity will be handled by the local police, not the local elders. All reports of criminal activity will be reported to the police, who will do their job in determining whether or not an arrest will be made. Allow the DA to determine whether or not there is enough evidence, not this dumb ass 'two witness' rule.
4. The Society must stop their fascination with disfellowshipping. This doesn't mean Unrepentant sinners should be allowed to remain in the congregation. But enough of this 'casting out.' The Shit is old, and it doens't work.
I could go on, but the point is, I'm not actually talking about changes within the JW belief system. Notice I haven't advocated believing in Hellfire. I'm talking about Organization Policy Changes.
Please add your thoughts.