JackSprat made a comment under the recent post on Christian neutrality and the Organization’s involvement in the United Nations that I’m grateful for, because I’m sure he raises a view that many share.  I would like to address that here.

I agree that the chance for change from the letter writing campaign I’m asking everyone to share in is vanishingly small.  Additionally, the impact of any individual letter is miniscule.  However, the field doesn’t get wet from a single drop of rain, but every drop contributes to watering the crop.  The question is, what crop are we expecting to reap?  Some, evidently, think I’m going for a positive change and believe that is futile.  I wouldn’t disagree, though I wouldn’t be a good Christian if such a thing were not to make me happy.  However, being practical, I don’t anticipate that. What I anticipate is something else; something more in the nature of the results from the two past campaigns JackSprat points to.  In both Russia and Malawi, the targets of the letters only became more angry and more entrenched in their course of action.

Jehovah is always right, but he doesn’t lead with that. He leads with kindness.  Consider this Bible direction:

“. . .If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; If he is thirsty, give him water to drink, For you will be heaping burning coals on his head, And Jehovah will reward you.” (Proverbs 25:21, 22)

In ancient times, they would heap hot coals on mineral rock to melt it and if there were precious metals, they would run off and be collected.  If the mineral rock was worthless, that would also be revealed.

So this command is a way of seeing what is hidden in a person’s heart.  They will inevitably expose themselves to the world, as good, or as bad.

Consider the case of Moses with Pharaoh.  Jehovah led with a simple harmless miracle, but Pharaoh didn’t listen.  With each subsequent miracle, he gave Pharaoh a way out, but the man’s pride blinded him to the course of action which was in his own best interest.  Eventually, his nation was devastated, and his powerful army wiped out, and he became an historical pariah—an object lesson for generations to come.

If enough of us write in and there is no gold or silver in the hearts of the men leading the Organization, then their anger at being called on the carpet publicly for wrongdoing will move them to even greater blunders which will in turn help awaken even more of our brothers and sisters.

They love to quote Proverbs 4:18 as applying to them, but the verse they should be applying is the next one:

“The way of the wicked is like the darkness; They do not know what makes them stumble.” (Proverbs 4:19)

Clearly, the Governing Body does not know “what makes them stumble”.  Someone commented to me that they did us all a great service by coming out with the overlapping generations doctrine.  Had it not been for that, I would not have woken up in 2010.  They keep stepping on their own feet and stumbling over things they cannot see.  Pride is a great blinding force.  By doing the right thing and calling them out on it, we are obeying God and furthering the cause of righteousness which always seeks to restore the sinner to the path of truth.

I would like to ask you all a favor. If you go on other sites, please share a link to this article as a means to promoting this campaign.  The more rain, the bigger the crop.

Identifying True Worship, Part 10: Christian Neutrality

 

 

 

Meleti Vivlon