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2016 Regional Convention - Invite First Look
A gripping feature length film on Sunday about Hezekiah?? Where do I sign up??
So much for hoping they would focus more on Jesus from now on. More old testament and ancient Israel crap that's supposed to relevent for us.
Oh Yay!! A gripping feature film on Sunday about King Hezekiah. Fairly certain that won't be a snoozer!
So the theme is "loyalty", eh?
Lovely. 3 days of spittle-flying invective against dirty, evil apostates.
Lovely. 3 days of spittle-flying invective against dirty, evil apostates
You lack vision. There's so many ways JWs can be loyal:
Show loyalty by shunning disfellowshipped (screw that, shun inactive ones too!) family
Show loyalty by giving of "valuable things"
Show loyalty by doing whatever the elders tell you, even if it's immoral or against the law (protecting pedophiles or destroying documents!)
Show loyalty by preaching in the face of opposition (or, more likely, boredom and lack of results)
Show loyalty by not pursuing education
Show loyalty by sticking with it even though all it's done is cause pain (from the sound of it, this is the theme of day 2)
Every year the convention is almost exactly the same. A litany of nonmemorable 10-minute talks on endless "Symposia" that have very little to do with Christian living, canned (and overblown/made-up) experiences & interviews, unrealistic demonstrations and "monologues", and somewhere along the line of 50 "talks" that are nearly word-for-word manuscripts sent down from the home office.
It would be bad enough if people had to sit in semi-comfortable Kingdom Hall chairs to endure all of this, but most JW's have to sit in hard plastic-backed, no-legroom sports arenas for 3 days. If they are unfortunate enough to have to visit the restroom during this event, it will stink of sewage gas & farts, because these venues are not designed to be used/abused nonstop for 3 days.
Any family of 4 that shows up to this event on Sunday morning any time after 8:30 am will find ALL the seats reserved with tracts, handbills, & magazines, many of which will go empty. That's the great love these people show.
The "speakers" rarely have more than a high school education (most act as if they have less) and earn their way onto that stage by smooching rear ends of higher-ups & CO's, creatively counting time in the "pioneer" work, and doing a good job of hiding their faults from others in the organization.
Attendees will be staying at low-end roadside motels, where the continental breakfast will be slammed at 7:00 sharp every morning. There will be no place to sit & eat said breakfast. The hotel pool will be slammed every evening from 6 - 10 pm each evening by bad-behaved JW children and their thoughtless parents.
Perhaps they should include some of these details on their 2016 "convention" invitation?
As the ship slowly sinks, the grip tightens and "loyalty" will be the focus. No matter how crazy things seem, no matter how much it doesn't make sense, no matter the scandal and exposure and news reports: stay loyal to the org. Loyalty used in this way can be a thought stopping word.
They've changed Micah 6:8 in the NNWT and I would bet they will probably be beating this drum: "He has told you, O man, what is good. And what is Jehovah requiring of you? Only to exercise justice to cherish loyalty, And to walk in modesty with your God!"
Other translations render this "love mercy" or "love kindness"...even the old NWT was a similar thought. Rather than love, mercy, or kindness being the emphasis, they've made loyalty the important thing. Be loyal to Watchtower right or wrong (well never wrong: waiting for adjustment, clarification, new light, ect…)
Get your popcorn ready!