There's a very exciting development in our little JW family. I've kept the news close to my chest, as I wouldn't want to jinx it. It's a great story full of drama, intrigue, a mild Sunday School Teacher, the internet, and a bunch freaked-out elders. My JW husband has been deeply betrayed by the local eldership and now has no illusions about the "old boys club" masquerading as Jehovah's representatives. He's ready to throw in the towel. We had a long talk about it last night. He confessed he'd leave, but "What will I do with all my suits?" He's invested so much effort. Right now, he's going to try and start over in another Kingdom Hall.
I just knew it was time to be frank. I told him that though Jehovah is true to His promises, He can't bless him through this very human-led organization. It's an old boys' club where it matters who you know, not what you know. I told him our local pastor has to be kind because if he isn't the local church board will terminate his contract. My pastor has been a reliable source of comfort and support. I asked hubby, "Who are the elders accountable to? And the PO and the CO, who are they accountable to? And Bethel, who are they accountable to when they screw up?" I gave him an illustration of a compulsive gambler who spends five years of effort waiting for the big score. After all his finances are depleted, he finally admits he will never get rich at that casino. So he switches casinos. I asked, "Will he EVER get his investment back from the casino? Sure, you can try another Kingdom Hall, that's your choice. But I can tell you now the result will be the same."
We ended with a bible reading and prayer. I am consoling my husband with Jehovah's promises to bless the meek. My husband definitely fits the bill.
As for the suit problem, I suggested "Vaccum Cleaner Salesman". Hubby didn't think that was very funny. So help me out. He does enjoy cutting a fine figure. What can poor hubby do with all his suits? Any suggestions?
By the way, I have confirmed that elders DO browse the internet for local infractions. I am pretty sure one elder in our hall has been assigned to me.
*waves* Hi, Jack. Get got lots of paper and printer ink. You'll need it.