Today NW and I were out shopping with our two youngest (14,15).
Well I got chatting to someone, and then realised that a group of about 20 or so young people had gathered close by, and then the clapping and singing began, and then, each one would take centre stage to shout about the Lord!! Fine, everyone is allowed freedom of speech.
The thing is, today I realised just how angry inside I am regarding ALL religion, because as I am stood chatting, my two kids are stood behind me, and were being spoken to by one the group, and so I was listening with half an ear, then begged to be excused, as I turned around and explained that really we as a family were JWs for 30 odd years, and we have had enough of religion, so kindly back off.
I returned to chatting, and STILL this woman continued chatting to our daughter, who has been brought up to be polite, and not to be rude!!! Well, our daughter was then told that she was going to Hell, unless she repented and turned to Christ - well I blew my top----- I excused myself again from my chatter, and turned full force on this woman -
I was so ANGRY, how dare she tell my daughter these things especially after I had very politely asked her to leave us alone.
I told her in no uncertain terms, what I thought of religion - ALL religion, how it is all a 'snare and a racket' and that no doubt the person in charge of them was raking the money in somewhere along the line.
Also that we had our own 'personal' faith, and that we had done all the 'preaching stuff' so we did not need to be told how to worship our God.
Well the conversation went on - Then I turned back to my chat!
When we continued walking, I realised just how the jWs had got me - I fully realised how angry I feel, so I can only get better - thank goodness.
But then, this group started up again, and spouting forth, so NW told them in his loud voice that God is NOT religious - he was accosted - hehehehe, but he is so calm and cool, and listened to the guy speaking to him, and explained one or two things to him - but me, I did not want to know.
All I can say is that I am so sorry that I spent years 'preaching' to people who had other beliefs and were happy. it is what is in the heart that counts.
What we did notice though, was that it was only the 'young' people being 'witnessed' too, not older ones !!!
My son was also grabbed, and he thought the guy was cool, because he was telling him jokes, and he brought a piece of literature home with him, when I checked it, it was really funny one liners, until in the middle of the leaflet, was a load of scripture - so I pointed out to him how crafty these people are, by appealing to the humour of youngters. He quickly saw where I was coming from.
Oh well - sorry to have gone on - but I needed to vent
Thanks for listening