Think of the possibilities....

by Intuit39 5 Replies latest jw friends

  • Intuit39

    What would happen if, one by one, each Jehovah's Witness started standing up for him/herself and what s/he personally stands for?

    A couple of examples:

    A friend of mine, an elder in a rural Northern Kentucky congregation, stepped down from his position a couple of years ago, and when confronted by the elders, he basically told them in no uncertain terms to 'leave him and his family alone.' They're all still Witnesses, but do their own thing, and guess what...they are left alone.

    The very last meeting my ex and I ever attended at the congo we helped form and grow, I emphasized to the elder that accompanied us to our car that 'if any elder as an individual found it necessary to make either my wife or me a topic of conversation, I would consider it libel.' To this day, the 'friends' from that congo just think we are attending a different hall.

    My mother, an 'active Witness,' uses the NIV in her field ministry which consists of picking up groceries or meds for elderly neighbors, rubbing their feet, or coloring and trimming their hair. She rarely places any literature, and is very picky about only placing the issues of the magazines that do not play on peoples' fears. She did this even as a pioneer.

    Within the last couple of years, she was asked to meet 'in the back' to discuss 'something someone overheard someone else say.' She told them that she would not, and that if they ever feel the need to invite her 'to the back' ever again, they might as well just say "Goodbye" because she would leave and never look back. Interestingly, they have never asked her again, and she continued as a pioneer.

    She also told me recently that it has been over 2 years since she has heard of any disfellowshippings in her area. This is very interesting considering there were ALWAYS people getting df'd in hers and in each and every neighboring congo...always! The last one was an elder's son who came skipping and prancing out of the closet with his banner held high!

    Oh, how the organization would change if everyone just stood up to the power-mongers.

    "Kein Mensch muss mussen."

  • moman

    Change? The Borg doesn't need to change, it needs to END!

  • Intuit39

    Yes, I agree that the ideal situation would be 'death to the Borg!'

    But right now, it exists. And I personally feel that except for a few particularly nasty items, it's just like all other organized religions. I could care less what any of them teach--people just go there for the sense of community.

    But the power and judgment, the fear and self-deprecation, the shunning, the worthless literature, the ridiculous counting of time, the lack of charity.... These things must go. Oh yeah, and the allegiance to the mythological 'f&ds'....sheesh!

    "Kein Mensch muss mussen."

  • elbobbo

    Most of these people are brainwashed to not have a spine so they won't stand up for themselves.

  • SYN

    Wow, those were some amazing stories. I wish I'd had the courage to stand up the Elders like that when I was a Dub, but sadly, like most Dubs, I was a spineless wench with no self-worth. Remember, the self-worth of a Dub is directly related to their status in the Congregation.

    Seven006: "Have you tried drugs? Shooting up a little heroin might do the trick, it's hard to type when your stoned out of your mind. I don't know how TR does it!"

  • LizardSnot

    I would love to meet your mom :)
    I've never met someone who actually stood up to the elders. I never stood up to them...I just left.
    God bless your mom,

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