If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. (clashing cymbal NWT) If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever! Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture! But when the time of perfection comes, these partial things will become useless.
When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.
Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:1-13 New Living Bible)
For most of my life as a Jehovah Witness, I never viewed the organization as a “clashing cymbal” or lacking in love. I felt it was the “truth” with all of my heart. They do speak most of the “languages of earth” and I believed they were directed by the “angels”. I had strong faith in what I believed as most JW’s still do. Their works were quite impressive to me, especially the world wide door to door work. Nobody compared to us in my mind as is the case with most JW’s.
My thinking has changed quite a bit since those days. The “clashing cymbal” noise was growing louder and louder in my ears as time went by. At first I only viewed curtain brothers as “clashing cymbals” and I tolerated it as best I could. As I grew older, the “clashing cymbal” of the organization was becoming audible. I tried my best to ignore it but subconsciously it was there all the time. It was something that I suppressed and I believe most JW’s do this.
After much prayer and asking Jehovah to not let me be mislead by man, I awakened. The “clashing cymbal” noise was fully audible and driving me crazy. The new generation understanding was a loud “gong” in my ears. The total lack of humility, love and explanation was mind blowing to me. I couldn’t believe how they showed a lack of faith in what they called “Gods Promise” to bring about armageddon before the generation of 1914 passed away. (More on the generation change HERE) I viewed it as saying “our master is delaying.” (Matthew 24:48) Then the focus really increased on “trusting the faithful servant.” I thought that is what I had been doing all of my life. I tried to keep my faith in the “slave” for years after the generation change but the “clashing cymbal” noise was driving me crazy.
To make a long story short, Jehovah answered my prayers and I finally awakened to “the truth about the truth.” (TTATT) Since then I have done all my research and now I put my trust in NO MAN. Jesus Christ in my only leader. I have been set free. (Psalms 146:3, Matthew 23:10, John 8:32)
Even though I no longer go to the Kingdom Hall, I still hear “clashing symbols” that I try to avoid. This world is full of them. Anyone who insists that their doctrinal view or biblical understanding is the only “truth” rings as a loud “clashing cymbal” in my ears. It is one thing to believe a certain way, it is another to demand all others must agree or God will destroy them. To me, that is the epitome of arrogance and a complete lack of love. I was raised to believe I/JW’s was right and everyone else was wrong and they all were going to die before the 1914 generation ran out. All my life I was told I wouldn’t grow old… It was recommended to stay single but if you did marry, do not have children… I thank God that I didn’t obey every suggestion! A suggestion from the JW/org is more like a subtle command. I let subtle commands go through one ear and out the other.
It is sad but true, the world is full of people who claim to follow the bible and Jesus but fail miserably. Jesus said, “go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Matthew 9:13) All the righteous “clashing cymbals” need to go and learn what that means as Jesus told them to do.
Here is what mercy means from dictionary.com:
1. compassionate or kindly forbearance shown toward an offender, an enemy, or other person in one’s power; compassion, pity, or benevolence: Have mercy on the poor sinner.
2. the disposition to be compassionate or forbearing: an adversary wholly without mercy.
3. the discretionary power of a judge to pardon someone or to mitigate punishment, especially to send to prison rather than invoke the death penalty.
4. an act of kindness, compassion, or favor: She has performed countless small mercies for her friends and neighbors.
5. something that gives evidence of divine favor; blessing: It was just a mercy we had our seat belts on when it happened.
The first century Christians had all things in common, they shared their possessions and gave to the poor. (Acts 4:32) Where are these people today? It certainly isn’t Jehovah’s Witnesses. If we are going to insist on our view as the “correct” life saving view then why not focus on these points? Why not give everything you have to the poor and feed the hungry and sick? Why not take care of the widows and orphans? (James 1:27)
Every “clashing cymbal” that I have known lacks in these points. 1 Peter 4:8 says that love covers a multitude of sins. I know some people who do not even believe in Christ because of all the hypocrisy shown by those who claim to follow him. These people do nothing but good for their fellow man/woman. They give to the pour, take care of the sick, and fed the hungry… and they do it out of LOVE. If you haven’t done any of that in a long time but preach “the word” without mercy and love… chances are you are a “clashing cymbal” in Gods ears.
All of this in only my personal opinion,
With love for all,
Your brother in Christ,
More on the topic of mercy: HERE