Jehovah’s Witnesses: The Waiting Is The Hardest Part
Waiting for the cure for all of your ills? Waiting for the answer to all of your prayers? Waiting for that long hoped for “New System” and all that it promises to bring to you and yours?
Jehovah’s Witnesses have lived their entire lives waiting in expectation of the unfulfilled promises of the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society. They have lived and they have died. Yet none of the promises made by the leaders of the Watchtower organization since it’s inception in 1874 have EVER come to pass. None, zero, zilch, nada.
The latter part of 1914 was supposed to have marked the “end of this system of things”. Anyone who has read C.T. Russell’s works will agree with that statement. Then “Millions Now Living Will Never Die” was the lie told by Russell’s successor “Judge” Rutherford. Then the Fall of 1975 was pointed to as the beginning of Armageddon.
Well it has been 100 years since the Fall of 1914. It has been 39 years since the Fall of 1975. Nothing has happened yet folks!
Most who saw these “Watchtower Fallies” (extra points if you get the pun) have either died, left the organization or are simply silent as to these ever so obvious skeletons in the Watchtower’s theocratic closet.
I’m fifty now. I was brought into the group when I was three years of age. I left when I was twenty-six. I lived almost half my life in this authoritarian group that taught me that all of my needs would be met if I was good, attended the meetings regularly, worked hard in the door to door ministry and “waited on Jehovah”. It taught me that to think of my own needs, wants and desires was selfish and “of Satan”. It taught me to put my entire life on permanent “pause” and to work hard to bring others into the fold so that they too could “wait”.
I worked and waited for twenty-three years.
I worked and waited until I realized that my life was passing me by.
I worked and waited until I saw the organization for what it really was: A worldwide sweat shop with religious window dressing.
Where would I be if I had continued to wait? I’d still be knocking on doors and putting everything else in my life on permanent “hold” until Armageddon or, more likely, until I died.
So what have I done with my life since leaving the organization?
I raised a beautiful daughter. I got her well educated and free of the Watchtower’s influence.
I have a thirty year marriage to my lovely wife.
I have a faith in God that is much more powerful than anything that I had in the organization.
I have a much more accurate understanding of the Bible and what it teaches than I ever had while in the organization.
I have been able to make a difference for thousands of people who were suffering in silence in the Watchtower organization by writing of my experiences on this blog. I have done this for no monetary gain whatsoever.
I have a wonderful career that gives me an excellent income and also provides me with a sense of accomplishment.
I have a retirement plan so that I won’t be a burden to my daughter or my fellow citizens if I get too old to work or take care of myself.
Was it easy to leave the organization? No. It was painful, difficult and terribly uncomfortable to do so.
Did I lose a lot of friends and family in the process? All of them. I found out that their “love” and “friendship” was conditional upon my participation in “theocratic activity” and my social standing in the congregation.
Was it worth it to leave the organization and get on with my life? Absolutely!
Today I want you to ask yourself some questions:
If the Watchtower organization didn’t exist where would my life be?
Would I have a better education?
Would I have a larger family?
Would I have children?
Would I have a closer, more meaningful relationship with my children?
Would I have grandchildren?
Would I live in a nicer home or in an area that I always wanted to live?
Would I drive the same crappy car I drive today or would it be a newer, nicer vehicle?
Would my kids have an education and good careers or would they still be living “hand to mouth” working for minimum wage like they are now?
Would I own my own home instead of having to sweat a mortgage or rental payment every month?
Would I do what I love for a living rather than what I “have to in order to get by”?
Would I have a retirement plan in place or would I be living “for the moment”?
Would I have made a difference really helping others?
And the final question:
Would I be truly happy instead of putting my own happiness on permanent pause waiting for the “New System”?
The answer to these questions are supremely powerful in your recovery from cult dependency.
“The waiting is the hardest part.” – Tom Petty