Jehovah's Witnesses Knocking at my Front Door
I have JW's knocking on my door about 4 times a year. They walk along the whole street knocking on all the properties trying to hand out leaflets about God.
I always engage them in conversation. My street has a very large number of OAP's who could really do with some extra help.....grass cutting, shopping, cleaning, help around the house, gardening, diy etc.
Never once have I been able to persuade any JW's to do something worthwhile for these residents.
I'm left with the thought that JW's don't want to do anything really worthwhile for these people.......why ?
"I'm left with the thought that JW's don't want to do anything really worthwhile for these people.......why ?"
It is a JW checkbox they have to do. Turn field circus time in on a monthly basis. This is how the measure your "spirituality" (aka JW tasks). When they ask how your spirituality is, what they are asking is, are you doing all the "tasks" (service, meetings, assemblies, etc.). That is how you are measured. They don't give a rat's ass about you or anyone else. Just a JW check box.
It took me a while to figure out the true meaning of the word "spirituality". I finally figured it out.
Too bad the Mormons aren't coming around. THey would actually help if asked. Probably could call the local baptist youth group, too.
The JW's, in all honesty really don't want to help. They don't want to role up their sleeves and help in that way of any kind. It's really in their culture. They would much rather just tell you the good news and leave it at that.
Now, is that really Christian, no. But, while I tend to consider them as Christians, they really lack in this. I have often wondered, what's wrong with preaching to someone and then helping them with their lawn cutting, or running to the pharmacy for them. Would it really be that bad? The answer is, of course not. But see, this is where the culture comes in.
All along, from the beginning they have been taught to believe the best way to help someone is to preach the good news of the kingdom. And, sorry to say, but that's all they are taught. They weren't taught to the second best thing, which is to role up your sleeves and actually do something. Like, run a food drive, or visit widows, regardless if they are of their faith, in the nursing homes. To actually help fatherless boys, by contributing to any charities that support them, or by being foster parents themselves.
See, this is all in vain in the Jehovah's Witnesses' minds. Isn't that crazy? You bet it is. But that's the truth.
Sad to say.
They weren't taught to the second best thing,
Second best thing?
“Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?” 4Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: 5The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosyb are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor.
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
jws believe their message is for preserving the eternal life of these people not their temporary life. If their temporary life is bad and they become a jw and even die, they will have everlasting life in paradise on earth better than any temporary life made better by helping them with today's practical things.
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"the good news is proclaimed to the poor".
How it works: If you come to us you get many friends and you will really enjoy your life, by living much simplier and much poor than now and then you will get an appointement to serve voluntarily and unpaid to proclaim this message to other poor. The poor are ready to give from what the dont have, thats the strength of the poor.
At lunch one day I had just come out of a deli with bag of food to eat in the park and spotted some JW's at a literature cart. I began speaking to them and told them my JW story and why I didn't believe anymore. Their smiles were suddenly replaced with disdainful looks and pursed lips.
As the elder type brother was speaking, a young pathetic homeless guy came up and asked us if we had any money we could spare him. The well dressed JW's looked at him as if he was garbage. They said No and visibly shuddered to themselves.
I said "Well I won't give you any money but are you hungry?" He replied yes so I gave him my bag of food. He tore into the bag and began stuffing his face right there next to us as if he was starving. The JW's looked ashamed and it was as if "fiery coals" of shame were heaped upon their heads. It occurred to me (and hopefully to them) that I had used my "service" as a JW, as a "Cop-out" a poor excuse for not having to actually do anything real for anybody.
That is one thing that has changed since I left the JW's. I got rid of the "superior attitude" in this regard and realized how many wonderful people there are out there who are making a real and tangible difference to those they may encounter who are in need of help.
Pete Zahut you're my hero !! Loved your story right on !!