I was baptized 30 years ago and have been in the faith for over 35 years.
Our organization isn't perfect. But I'm sick to death of seeing stereotypes about us.
- We are NOT mindless automatons. I smoke an occasional cigar. I've been known to curse a bit. Hell, I even vote. Others in my congregation know all this (except the voting) and I've never been given a hard time about it.
- Many of us ARE highly educated. I have a Masters Degree.
- We are not all scraping to get by. I have a comfortable six-figure income.
I dont agree with everything the Governing Body does. But I believe they are good, sincere men doing their best,.acting on their understanding of the Bible. They certainly aren't getting rich!
I think many in the Ex-JW community act very much like the cultists they claim us to be. Rather than just go away and go their separate ways, they harrass us, make videos maligning us, endlessly whine about us and even go so far as to disrupt our meetings. If I decided to leave the JW's, I'd do just that. I wouldn't obsess over them.
I look forward to open discussions with JW's and others.