I have seen some ask on this site how the active JW's are handling what is happening in Australia. Here is my little experience from last night.......
My parents were baptized in the late 30's as children and have never faltered in their determination to survive the Great Tribulation and live forever in Paradise (Even though they actively associate with all their DF'ed kids). My father is still actively serving as an elder and my mother has always been by his side. They are old, but actually quite healthy and still mentally sharp. I really struggled with whether I wanted to share any of what is happening in Australia with them, but in the end, we all ended up in the family room last night with Papa's 60 inch TV and bowls of buttered popcorn.
We watched it up to the lunch break and I have to say my parents were almost giddy, they were so excited to be viewing this. My mom had her silver sword and was following along with all the scriptures. My father kept saying how beautiful every single scripture was....even a few tears of appreciation for this unexpected spiritual feast. They were jumping in and shouting out the answers to questions that Mr. Jackson was trying to get out of answering (they were totally oblivious to what Jackson was really doing - they just wanted to help him out a little). I heard things like "What an incredible witness to the world" and "Who else could answer like that from the bible?" and "These brothers that Jehovah is using are unbelievable" (Yeah...I can agree with that last one). More words of appreciation and talk of how different we are from the world, and the "TWOOF" and more "TWOOF"
So there you have it. A summary of what a couple of old JW's think of what is taking place in Australia. I kept quiet....it is not worth discussing at this stage in their life.