by the Speaking Witness (*)
"Stay Vigilant" is the title of one of the last short lectures on JW Broadcasting. The theme is not exactly unknown for every (ex-) Jehovah's witness. So it was in 2009 the theme text of the congress of Jehovah's Witnesses and after those years the theme was repeated endlessly in all kinds of talks, videos, and literature. Gary Breaux, aide to the service committee, released it last month video to once again see clearly what the Watchtower is primarily concerned with. According to Breaux, people today do not understand what is happening around them. To explain this, he makes a connection between Isaiah 56: 10, where the Bible speaks of the leaders of Judah and the current conduct of leaders within Christendom. Just as the guards in Judah, according to the Bible, did not notice anything, were blind and were therefore called mute dogs who could not bark, so are the current spiritual leaders unable to help people understand what danger they are running, according to Breaux, alluding to Armageddon. At that moment of the lecture, Breaux apparently finds it appropriate to place these stupid dogs in front of 'Jehovah's guards'. The conclusion is obviously made quickly, the slave class fulfills its task in a great way.
In addition to always wondering how such breast-throbbing relates to the Biblical admonition to remain humble, I find this condescending pointing to other religions cringing. I think the Bible teaches us never have to compare with others en no competition spirit must cultivate.
Either way, Breaux concludes in his lecture that we should at least not become like those 'dumb dogs'. Breaux rightly wonders whether 'our' inner dog 'is still barking. Here, however, we should not make the mistake of thinking that he is using the word eleven refers to its own organization. Finally, he has just found that the slave class has always helped us to remain vigilant and has always been a good example.
Breaux means that a night watchman cannot afford to act when he discovers a leak. In that case, the damage could become enormous. He rightly concludes here that seeing something and doing nothing is not an option. The slightest deviation from Jehovah's moral standards requires that inner dog inside us to bark and take action.
Meanwhile, numerous leaks have been detected worldwide within the organization of Jehovah's Witnesses. Ironically, the biggest damage from these spills surfaced after the 2009 Stay Vigilant Congress. The most recent has deeply embarrassed the society. In Montana more than 30 million of the society was demanded for the benefit of a sexually abused woman.
The leaks themselves cannot of course be completely prevented. Unfortunately, you will find pedophiles and rapists in every large organization. The only unforgivable thing is that in all those Watchtower leakage cases, the night watchmen on duty have refused to intervene when they saw some of their sisters and brothers getting up to speed. They also turned out to be deaf and blind to the recommendations that the Australian Royal Commission they did more than two years ago in response to the sad observation that more than a thousand cases of sexual abuse had not been reported to the judicial authorities there. Soon we in the Netherlands may hope that with the forthcoming independent investigation into the Witnesses' abuse policy, the local cesspool may open even more.
Not a guard dog in the Governing Body barking or growling at it for now. The rigid policy with regard to sexual abuse, which is mainly aimed at keeping one's own street clean at the expense of the victims and for the benefit of the perpetrators has been rampant for decades. to do to keep out justice and protect perpetrators. Crucial files are either destroyed in time or simply not handed over with an appeal to the right of non-disclosure, however legally shaky this may be.
Released last year policy document where the society makes a failed attempt to save his face does not change anything, although you could detect a slight improvement in it.
With current policies, the Governing Body is fostering a major leak that is deliberately kept out of sight from the media and even the vast majority of its own brothers and sisters. This allows the leak to seep through calmly and relentlessly. It can cause enormous damage and destroy lives for good. So please, let's use Breaux's inner dog and keep barking until the last leak in this is plugged.
* The Speaking Witness is an active Jehovah's witness who is connected to one of the local congregations of Jehovah's Witnesses in the Netherlands. He is critical of how Jehovah's Witnesses react to the media reports about sexual abuse and shows that there are also people in the organization who believe that the subject of sexual abuse should be dealt with differently.
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