(Posted annually since 2014)
NOTICE: The following is submitted in full recognition of and with compassion and due respect for those who, due to personal circumstance, feel they are unable to employ the following powerful strategy. That said, if you have conscientiously stopped attending meetings, you must never, ever again set foot at the Watchtower’s annual Memorial “celebration.”
Read on for the reason.
Anyone who has awakened to the truth about “The Truth” (TTATT) and has conscientiously left the organization--especially a once-prominent, highly-regarded, studious true-believer from a celebrated multi-generational tribe of JWs-- after decades of devout, high-profile "serve-us," who continues to put in an annual appearance at the Memorial thoroughly subverts and undermines, by this one act, any hope s/he may entertain that his/her departure will stir family or former friends to question the whole Watchtower bamboozle. By this one concession s/he assigns him-/herself by every single JW to their handy and dismissive purgatory: the "spiritually-weak."
Nothing blasts a louder, clearer, and more deliberate message to the JWs who personally knew you and to those familiar with your JW bona fides that you are not merely "not making the meetings," "inactive," or "spiritually-weak," but that there is a conscientious reason you have rejected the entire Watchtower Society life than choosing to forego what they know you once believed to be Jehovah's must-attend, one-and-only, holy/sacred event of the year for his people: the Lord's Evening Meal, or Memorial.
You hand them the very justification they so relish to self-righteously label you as a "submarine Witness" deserving of Jehovah's, and more importantly, their judgement.
Much more tragically, though, you squander your prize opportunity to nudge thinking, doubting ones—who definitely notice!—to seriously ponder the possible reason for your shocking and total departure. Again, all accomplished without any confrontational unpleasantness.
Attending the Watchtower's Lord's Evening Meal, even though likely well-intentioned or for many understandably unavoidable at present, is still a colossally misguided go-along-to-get-along concession for anyone whose genuine and sincere intention or desire it is to awaken others to TTATT.
Captive 7/1972 - 2/2001
Last Memorial attendance: April, 2001