About 30 minutes ago we had a visit by an elder. Of course it was to invite us to the Memorial but the visit turned into an old rehash of issues that the wife and I have thought would not come up.I should mention that this particular elder came alone, while his wife waited in the car.I should also say that this elder is also the father and father-in-law of 2 regular posters on this board.Because this elder knows of his daughters and son-in-laws stand towards the WBTS it has caused a huge rift in the family. My wife and I are dear friends of daughter and son-in-law and have been through thick and thin together. We don`t see them as much as we should but they are one of our closest friends. Its a sad situation because there are grand kids involved who because of the grandparents shunning do not see them. What a waste .
This elder starts in with the invite to the Memorial and you know how one thing leads to another. He asks if I have any desire to come back .I tell him that the bride and I are completely happy and have no desire to be part of that gig. I could hear the wife in the bathroom getting ready to go out and I knew she did not want to come out but I guess she had enough because she comes out and says to him " Your visit would carry way more weight if you would visit your OWN daughter and grandkids". This must have caught him off guard because he did`nt say much . I then told him that it just does not seem right that a family can be torn apart by an interpretation of the bible and that NOT having contact with your own flesh and blood is in my mind... unnatural. Unnatural may not be the right word but you get the gist. I then told him that I am quite sure that God would not strike him dead if he had a visit with his family . There are many more other issues that were brought up that are too complicated to get into but I just want to say what a waste of good family time this religion has caused.
And as I have said before, if God/WTBS expects us to shun family because of a different belief, then he/them are more narrow minded than I thought. Not only that but when Eve first bit into the fruit, free choice entered into the picture.
If God did`nt like the way things were going to pan out then he should have axed those two retards and got two more who could follow the rules! He is God for crissake! He should have foreseen this little problem ! He gave us the ability to make our own choices!
At any rate this elder was quite flustered and he did leave with tears in his eyes.
I am not proud of that. And please don`t post a whole pile of "Well he had it coming, and I`m glad you made him cry and do you know how much I have cried because of that religion"! stuff alright? I hate seeing people cry.
My good friend thought it was a bit odd that he did not show up with another elder in tandem,all I know is that we got to say our piece and he left with (hopefully) some things to think about. Any thoughts anyone?