So, much against my inclination, I went to the meeting this sunday morning. Just starting to fade, but I needed to do it so that it doesn't look like my hubby turned my head during last week's vacations. Since I'm not just disappearing cold turkey, I went. Argh.
I have no idea what the public talk discussed; the entire time my head was focused on the 28 degrees celsius outside, sunny sky, and how much I would rather be on the beach.
During the Watchtower study, something caught my eye. Paragraph 16 reads:
16 Think, too, of more recent adjustments, such as the changes in appearance, contents, and methods of distribution of our publications. What a pleasure it is to offer practical, appealing, and attractive literature in the ministry! And when we use the latest technology to spread the truth, such as by means of the jw.org website, we reflect Jehovah’s interest in providing people everywhere with the guidance most of them lack but so desperately need.
The words "Jehovah's Interest...in people" caught my eye. How is the so-called interest expressed? By providing "guidance" that people "so desperately need".
Tell that to the many thousand refugees who flee Africa and the Middle East towards Europe, trying to escape from poverty, war, and unspeakable suffering in their homelands. Tell that to those who are dying daily trying to cross the Mediterranean sea in overloaded boats who capsize and sink, to those who are dying asphyxiated inside packed trucks because of those who profit from human traffic; tell that to the little children who drown and are awashed into european beaches. Do these people need Jehovah's "spiritual guidance"?? Do they need to access a religious website to improve their lives?
Or, instead, do they need food, drink, clothes, shelter, work, education and freedom FIRST? What kind of work is that of the JWs, who simply sell a paradise that never comes? They need help NOW!
Does the fact that our publications 40 years ago were black and white and now are full color and "appealing" constitute an invaluable "practical help" for those in dire need? Sure, let them eat and drink our magazines and make covers from our "attractive literature". The only work it will generate for them is when they get a job to clean the strets from that trash.
Sorry for the rant. It really got to my nerves. Btw, with my hubby's help, I'm reading CoC now.