After being a JW for 25 years and finding every weasel way to 'maintain Christian neutrality', I now find myself in a completely 'new light'.
I quit abruptly, four years ago and have lived a JW free life with the exception of my born-in wife.
When I see the ceremony of the National Anthem, it not only reaffirms the absolute beauty of personal freedom, but it also allows me to see that most people are good and loyal to one another. I treasure my life and have become a patriot. Now I feel ashamed that I was a government/authority rejecting, isolationist that benefited from living in the greatest country in the world.
'We voted for God's Kingdom".
I cry for the privilege to live with loyalty to my land and fellow - also for my shame of past mistakes.
It can be an emotional experience to rejoin society.