I admire the JW's who seem to be not too affected by what the Society teaches. For instance; My brother became a JW when he met his wife, who was born into the WTS. His wife and her family, always seemed to be very gregarious people, and enjoy life very much. When I was a militant JW, this bothered me. It seemed to me that they all were spiritually weak. Non held responsible positions in the cong. They did what they wanted to do.
I felt that they should be more studious, and be more serious about the responsibilities of being a JW. They moved around a lot and seldom went out in service. They rarely talk about their religion, let alone the bible. Nothing unscriptural was done, just enjoying life like "normal" people. My brother knows that I'm at odds with the WTS now, but we don't talk about it, and I still talk to them. In fact I just spent a few days at their house to see my nephew graduate from high school. They seem to accept me knowing that I'm not an active JW and don't agree with many of their teachings. It seems to me that if I voice my opinions to them, they could be liable for associating with an "apostate". So, it's sort of a "don't ask, don't tell" situation.
In other words, they treat their religion somewhat lightly, but don't do anything to get removed. I could't do that myself, for guilt would overcome me. Guilt for not striving to be the best JW that I could be. I admire them for their easy-going attitudes. I wish I could've been more like that. They don't let guilt bother them, evidently.
Any comments? How were you guys as active JW's? were you militant or lax as a JW? Was guilt a driving force for you like it was for me? How did you view "lazy" JW's? Were you a lazy JW, or were you striving to put the Society first instead of your family?
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