I was wondering if anyone else is feeling it on the wind that there seems to be a coming
equivilency between officially DISASSOCIATING onesself, and simply being in a state of
non-association as a walkaway, fade-out, inactive person.
I have been speaking to several people who are either zealous witnesses (with me talking
to them incognito as a dissident) or are non-associating JWs living with the possibility of misery over this from zealous family members. There seems to be a feeling that those who just leave without fanfare really ought to be treated the same as someone who officially DAs or is DF'd. This apparently has been fanned into flames by the current material being studied from the August KM,concerning how to treat DF'd and DA'd relatives. Though I could find nothing explicit about this in the KM article, I feel a foreboding about the possibility, and have noticed what seemed to be an expression of it in my own interaction with local witnesses.
I am just a fade-out person myself, but have lived in my small town and been in my cong
for over 15 years, so know everybody well, and am known. Yesterday, I happened upon a
brother who is usually very friendly, and at first he looked like he was going to completely
ignore my greeting, but then said, "I haven't seen you around for a while". That was all he
said. I haven't been to a meeting for several months. This is worrisome, because I have
an adult child who is a MS, and very zealous. I desperately do not want any more
distance between us due to WT policy than there already is.
Has anybody heard anything about this?