"Slaving For Jehovah Is Great, Because Your Life Won't Go Wrong." Sigh...
Granted, I'm a PIMO status, so I normally just play on my cell phone and ignore everything during meetings and assemblies. But at the assembly this past weekend, my ears were pricked for two experiences of two sisters dedicating themselves to pioneering. This was probably because I was extremely freaked out by both of them.
Their entire spiel consisted of "I worked part time. I began asking myself how I could do more for Jehovah. If you have to ask, you aren't doing enough. So I asked my boss to cut my hours to 10 a week. At first everything was great. I was completely happy slaving for Jehovah and making disciples. Then my boss said we were understaffed and I would have to work more. I realized I could no longer slave for two masters. So I decided to be Jehovah's slave. And honestly, that's the best slave we should be. Something we all should aspire to. There's happiness being his little obedient slaves." Talk about no valuable skills and being dependent for life.
The audience ate it up with a spoon. Ignoring the racial subtext for a second (both women being black and going on how they loved being slaves), I was a bit bewildered that no one saw anything wrong with catering to someone else's whims with no life of their own. Being a slave for everything else is terrible, so what makes Jehovah (a God whose proven to be...imperfect-to say the least) so special.
I then tried to broach the subject on a friend of mine whose still mentally in. I said "I'm not super comfortable with the word slave". "Oh that. Satan gave the word the negative connotations it has when he instituted slavery against the blacks. I know you're African-American yourself so it concerns you. But slaving for Jehovah is great, because he's a perfect God and your life won't go wrong if you serve him obediently".
Couldn't help but think maybe I read into things too deeply, but everyone's reacts were so bizarre, blindly accepting. Makes me glad I'm PIMO.
Remember Jehovah is the organization. So they are slaving for an organization. They don’t have a problem with that....UNTIL they hit 60, 70 or 80. Unless they were given an inheritance or they have a large pension, most JW’s in that age bracket are starting to wonder how they will financially survive until death. We are watching it with our very own family. They have “slaved” for Watchtower and are now struggling to survive.
Most in that audience blindly accepted it because they are hearing the “scripted interview.” They “tweek” those interviews to the CO’s satisfaction. We actually sat through an interview at an assembly, with 2 of our congregation members. Our jaws hit the floor when we heard it. It was a total fabrication and so far from the truth. Most in the audience thought it was great, but we knew the true story. In the real world we call that fabrication or if you want to be real, it’s just pure lying. Watchtower is great at it.
Slaving for something or someone means giving to much energy and time to someone or something. These ones are definitely slaving for Watchtower. If these ones ever needed help from Watchtower, would they be there to help? Just ask all of the Bethelites they have laid off. The ones who would slave for Watchtower right into the new system. Yeah right!!
Lol! I'm so sad that the Org exists.... I'm so happy that I don't have to sit through that crap.
By any chance were these sisters "single by choice?" Lol!
Single by the choice of every male in the circuit....
So if they are total slaves, who is paying for their rent and food? Not "The Master"
I know you're African-American yourself so it concerns you. But slaving for Jehovah is great, because he's a perfect God and your life won't go wrong if you serve him obediently".
The word "SLAVE" has negative connotations for anybody and it certainly doesn't make serving Jehovah, sound very pleasant. What about all the "JOY" that they claim to have? In addition, the word "SLAVE" has the desired dramatic effect of making the user of it, sound more virtuous and self sacrificing. Imagine if they were more literal and said "I quit my job so I could drive around knocking on the doors of empty houses or to stand silently by a literature cart, doing nothing". Besides, doesn't the bible say not to go "blowing a trumpet before yourself" when doing good works? What's up with these folks getting up on stage and bragging about how self sacrificing they are?
It's been my experience that there was often a self serving motive a play when anyone left a career or gave up opportunities, to "Slave for Jehovah" . Sometimes it was a way to "cop out " of the challenges of working or getting an education yet still have the adulation of their peers for doing so.
I worked part time. I began asking myself how I could do more for Jehovah. If you have to ask, you aren't doing enough. So I asked my boss to cut my hours to 10 a week. At first everything was great. I was completely happy slaving for Jehovah and making disciples. Then my boss said we were understaffed and I would have to work more. I realized I could no longer slave for two masters. So I decided to be Jehovah's slave. And honestly, that's the best slave we should be. Something we all should aspire to. There's happiness being his little obedient slaves.
And those idiots from the GB still ask themselves why they don't have money.
Now that the watchtower is not printing millions of magazines a month why dont they pay the two girls a wage LOL LOL
"So I decided to be Jehovah's slave. And honestly, that's the best slave we should be. Something we all should aspire to. There's happiness being his little obedient slaves."
Huh? Has she actually read the bible?
However, you may purchase male or female slaves from among the foreigners who live among you. You may also purchase the children of such resident foreigners, including those who have been born in your land. You may treat them as your property, passing them on to your children as a permanent inheritance. You may treat your slaves like this, but the people of Israel, your relatives, must never be treated this way. (Leviticus 25:44-46 NLT)
If you buy a Hebrew slave, he is to serve for only six years. Set him free in the seventh year, and he will owe you nothing for his freedom. If he was single when he became your slave and then married afterward, only he will go free in the seventh year. But if he was married before he became a slave, then his wife will be freed with him. If his master gave him a wife while he was a slave, and they had sons or daughters, then the man will be free in the seventh year, but his wife and children will still belong to his master. But the slave may plainly declare, ‘I love my master, my wife, and my children. I would rather not go free.’ If he does this, his master must present him before God. Then his master must take him to the door and publicly pierce his ear with an awl. After that, the slave will belong to his master forever. (Exodus 21:2-6 NLT)
Notice how they can get a male Hebrew slave to become a permanent slave by keeping his wife and children hostage until he says he wants to become a permanent slave. Sound familiar? (cough-disfellowshipping-cough)
When a man sells his daughter as a slave, she will not be freed at the end of six years as the men are. If she does not please the man who bought her, he may allow her to be bought back again. But he is not allowed to sell her to foreigners, since he is the one who broke the contract with her. And if the slave girl’s owner arranges for her to marry his son, he may no longer treat her as a slave girl, but he must treat her as his daughter. If he himself marries her and then takes another wife, he may not reduce her food or clothing or fail to sleep with her as his wife. If he fails in any of these three ways, she may leave as a free woman without making any payment. (Exodus 21:7-11 NLT)
There you go. You can buy as many sex slaves as you want as long as you feed, clothe and have sex with them.
When a man strikes his male or female slave with a rod so hard that the slave dies under his hand, he shall be punished. If, however, the slave survives for a day or two, he is not to be punished, since the slave is his own property. (Exodus 21:20-21 NAB)
"Oh but that's the Old Testament" the smug JW might say... here's some zingers from the New Testament:
Slaves, obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear. Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ. (Ephesians 6:5 NLT)
Christians who are slaves should give their masters full respect so that the name of God and his teaching will not be shamed. If your master is a Christian, that is no excuse for being disrespectful. You should work all the harder because you are helping another believer by your efforts. Teach these truths, Timothy, and encourage everyone to obey them. (1 Timothy 6:1-2 NLT)
This Jehovah doesn't sound like the kind of master i'd want.
[I refuse to quote from the New World Bastardization]
What's a PIMO? Also, did they really say they only work10 hours a week? Who can live on that?
PIMO = physically in, mentally out, referring to status in the cult