Yep, saw it...I always thought that if the angels were happy that a lost one was found, why couldn't we be happy. I thought this way before the article...& where in the bible did it say we shouldn't clap for a reinstated person. I bet you no where, it was a personal opinion, like so many other rules the Org. gives.
When man tells you what God says, it's usually what man says....
I told a few of the friends...as others have said here....they were told not to. Why do witnesses remember unkind things to do but never the kind things to do? Why does the org. have to tell their members how to be kind ? In my opinion, not all but most for the friends are mean spirited. I think many came from unkind backgrounds. Just think if a person will shun you, whether it's your parents, friends, or siblings...there is something to be said about those types of people who do it & do it easily & gladly...& can live with themselves. That unkind trait is in that type of person before they were a witness.
I remember when I was told you couldn't pray for others that are not witnesses or studies...then the next thing you know...In one of the magazines or one of the books, it says...JEHOVAH IS PLEASED WHEN YOU PRAY FOR OTHERS. ( I also did a topic on this). What made me so happy is the brother that told me that, he was there in the audience when we went over it....I wonder what he was thinking? Most likely nothing....but I still felt good, knowing that he was wrong...no need to rub it in his face....He knows.
The article was on the back of the study WT. When will they tell us, I wonder. Will there be a letter from the GB's? Or is this a ploy to show the public that the org. is not what folks say, they want to look like a kinder org.
Shunning should be next on the hit list...not sure how they will spin it..but they are clever....but come to think of it...shunning is a form of control, & the ORG. must be in control, by any means necessary. But if they expect to attract new ones into the org....shunning may not be a good look. But on the other hand, those that have a mean enough spirit to shun someone, they would love to join. As we learned from Haman, his plot backfired, just like shunning can backfire on someone...You may shun someone, but one day it just may be you...
What type of person likes to shun anyway, it reminds me of people who say, well, if they don't say Hi, I won't either...petty I say...& Jehovah isn't petty. What type of parent shuns their own child, that's deep...is that really a loving person or someone who just had a child & feel no connections...how can a person shun their own because MAN, said so....It's over my head...& I hope it stays there.