I'm sure you're all familiar with the quip, "With friends like that, who needs enemies!"
A recent thread got me thinking about how this easily applies to the organization in general and to many of the elders in particular. Now I know, there are some few good elders out there (God knows I tried to be one). But even the best-intentioned elders are still "tools" running WT Software. At best, they are harmless. At worst, they are dangerous!
Yes, some of the elders are truly frightening. They seeminly get off on abusing the flock. Hence the expression:
- With elders like that, who needs Pharisees!
(I think I just coined that! Cool, huh? Feel free to use it.)
I'd invite you to share some of your most poignant experiences highlighting the Pharisaical nature of the typical elder or elder body. Feel free to express yourself. Pull no punches!
I'll start things off:
Once, years ago in a Kingdom Hall far, far away, after falling into a practice of "sin" I requested some help from the elders. A Judicial Committee was assigned to hear my request for assistance.
In my request, I included a reference to the parable of the Prodigal Son thinking that it would indicate my contrite attitude and soften their stony hearts. I was wrong.
During the meeting, one elder told me that if we were still under the Mosaic Law that they'd take me outside and stone me to death.
Shocked, but not quite speechless, I reminded him that we are under the Law of the Christ and that he might want to take a glance at John 8:1-11.
Not too surprisingly, said elder did not appreciate me pointing any of this out. Apparently, I was supposed to take the verbal "stoning" and like it.
Now I've read the account of the Prodigal Son hundreds of times. I've never noticed the Father saying anything to his returning son like, "Welcome home son. Sorry, but we're going to have to take you outside and stone you to death." I guess I must've missed it.
The upshot was the Judicial Committee declined to give me any further "spiritual help." At the time it frustrated and upset me; I felt abused, but obviously it was a blessing. I learned a valuable lesson: With elders like that, who needs Pharisees!