Brothers and Sisters of Central Virginia,
* Are you waking up to the truth about the ‘truth’? Or have you been awake for some time?
* Do you simply have doubts or see the injustices in the Organization and need a safe way to vent these to people who understand?
* Are you active, but as one brother terms it, “stuck in a movement”?
* Are you inactive? Or are you disfellowshipped and in need of nonjudgmental support?
* Do you simply need information?
We do not have to go it alone. There are many folks out there struggling just like you and me. Genesis 2:18 says, ‘And Jehovah God went on to say: “It is not good for the man to continue by himself. I am going to make a helper for him, as a complement of him.”’
If it was not good for a perfect human to be alone, if he needed other humans to help and complement him–how much more imperfect humans? The Bible gives us this helpful advice in Hebrews 10:24, 25 “And let us consider one another to incite to love and fine works, not forsaking the gathering of ourselves together, as some have the custom, but encouraging one another, and all the more so as YOU behold the day drawing near.” This is not a command, but a recommendation for our own good. Do you want to encourage and be encouraged? Do you want to incite and be incited to love and fine works?
If so: Let’s meet up!
You can find our group here: http://www.meetup.com/ex-Jehovahs-Witnesses-Richmond-Virginia-Meetup-Group/
I know the hesitations some may have. First, you may wonder: who are you?
We are your neighbors! We need your encouragement. We need your support. We will endeavor to be encouraging to you and supplement your network of support.
However, there may be a few misconceptions some may have about us that we need to clear up:
(1) You hate Jehovah’s Witnesses.
This could not be further from the truth. We share the same ideals as JWStruggle: “Our goal is to make sense of it all and give help and support to those disillusioned and hurting. We DO NOT wish to beat our fellow slaves or to disrespect other fellow Witnesses that do not share our views.”
(2) I’m not disfellowshipped or disassociated. You will want me to officially disassociate.
As of this moment, from the Organization’s view, I am an inactive faded Witness. Now I can’t promise at some point somebody won’t betray me and I will find myself facing “judicial” action, but I will not initiate this by means of a letter. If some wish to do so, I will respect their choice, but I do not encourage this course.
(3) The group won’t be private or discreet.
We are not “in your face” types of people. We value privacy and discretion. If you want to sign up, you do not have to use your real name. You do not even have to sign up officially, just send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you wish, the group can be small as you wish. If you just want it to be two or three, that is perfectly fine. Let’s sit down somewhere, have coffee. If at some point you wish to join the larger group, you are more than welcome to do so.
(4) You are trying to get me to follow you or join a church.
I am very shy, an introvert by nature. I prefer to be out of the spotlight. It takes quite a bit for me to “put myself out there” as it were. I follow Christ and He is the only one I would encourage anybody to follow. I’m Christian, but not a fundamentalist or a fanatic. I’m not trying to convert anyone to a particular denomination.
And the group is not just for Christians. All of us Strugglers need support, Christian and non-Christian, believer and non-believer. The purpose of the group is to enable ourselves to have the freedom to follow the path of our choice. We might not all agree on those choices, but we can certainly support each other in finding the path that is right for us. This might be challenging for some, but I do ask all to leave any judgmental tendencies at home.
Who really is our neighbor? They might well be people who make different choices than we or believe other than what we may believe. (Luke 10:29-37) But there is nothing that can ever change the fact that they are our neighbors.
Proverbs 27:17 says, “By iron, iron itself is sharpened. So one man sharpens the face of another.”
Come ye Central Virginians! Be sharpened. Sharpen others.