Same theme scripture as last week Deut 32. 3/4 "A God... who is never unjust"
Do I share that spirit ? Like all decent people, I try to. Does the WTS? .. You decide .
We start with an injustice in the Bible. The King Ahab conspires to have NAboth killed and then take his vineyard . (1 Kings 21) . The question is , what about injustices today in the WTS ( At least they accept that they may happen)
What if you believe that someone close to you has been unjustly treated by the elders? p 10 & 11 uses the words humble or humility no less than five times :
Such situations can test our faith in Jehovah and in his organizational arrangement. How will humility protect you if you face such a test? Consider two ways.
First, humility will move us to acknowledge that we do not have all the facts. No matter how much we know of a situation, only Jehovah can read a person’s figurative heart. (1 Sam. 16:7) Our awareness of this undeniable truth will prompt us to be humble, to recognize our limitations, and to adjust our view of the matter. Second, humility will help us to be submissive and patient as we wait on Jehovah to correct any true injustice. It is as the wise man wrote: “It will turn out well for those who fear the true God . . . , but it will not turn out well for the wicked one, nor will he prolong his days.” (Eccl. 8:12, 13) Certainly, a humble response is in the best spiritual interests of all concernedBe humble "they must be right, I must be wrong" attitude . Jehovah reads hearts, but can the elders? My personal experience in these committees tells me that they can be very hit or miss sometimes.
We next discuss Apostle Peter being corrected by Paul for favouring the Jewish Christians above the others... The lesson is ? Par 18
As was true in the first century, there are no perfect elders in the modern-day Christian congregation, “for we all make mistakes many times.” (Jas. 3:2, ftn.) We may readily acknowledge this fact, but the challenge is when we are personally affected by the imperfections of a brother. In such a situation, will we reflect Jehovah’s view of justice? For example, how will you respond if an elder makes a remark that hints at a degree of prejudice? Will you allow yourself to be stumbled if an elder thoughtlessly makes a statement that offends or hurts you? Rather than quickly concluding that the brother no longer qualifies as an elder, will you patiently wait on Jesus, the head of the congregation? Will you put forth the effort to see the bigger picture, perhaps reflecting on the brother’s many years of faithful service? If a brother who sins against you continues to serve as an elder or even receives additional privileges, will you rejoice with him? Your willingness to forgive may well reflect Jehovah’s view of justice.— Matt 6 14,15
Interesting this....Racist elders? shock horror! but the flock are supposed to forgive this most basic of human shortcoming....
Matt 6 14& 15 tells us to forgive trespasses . A trespass in their "Insight Book" can be called a blunder..a minor offense like a misdemeanour in U.S law . Since racism and prejudice betray attitudes of mind, I say it is not a simple slip of the tongue, a blunder, it is more serious and definitely questions his suitability as an elder... Still, anything goes these days.
So... whatever the injustice in your congregation, just sit up shut up and be obedient . You know they are always right.....Don't you?
Experienced old dubs are not so easily fooled!