In the last few weeks I have had numerous encounters with Jehovah's Witnesses. The first one was at a 7-11. As I walked in a lady walked in behind me and I knew exactly who she was. I don't even know her name, but I remembered she went to my Grandma's congregation. As I was checking out I noticed she was standing there talking with the cashier. As I paid I told the cashier that it was all a cult and he really should do his research. The JW then asked why I would say something like that and I told her it was because I was part of this religion for 30 years. She really didn't know what to say. I know I probably appeared to be crazy, but if I could save one person from going through what I did, it would all be worth it.
I have also seen several witnesses on the streets and I usually stop and say something to them. They always have the same answer and you can tell they have rehearsed a lot. And the thing I hate is the fake smiles they have on their face. How do I know they are fake? Because for 30 years I put on a fake smile and pretended to the world that I was happy and my life was perfect because I was a Jehovah's Witness. Gah. My best friend described the witnesses perfectly: well-dressed robots.
Yesterday when I got home there was a JW brochure in my door. I can't believe I have only been here for 2 weeks and they have already found me. I look forward to the day when I am here and they knock on my door. I will be sure to show them, as my neighbor says, my "No JW sign".
I will then invite them in to see my Rainbow flag that hangs on my wall. I wonder if I could win $10K from America's Funniest Home Videos if I got their reaction on camera?
It is amazing the amount of brainwashing the witnesses do. And "deprogramming" is one of the hardest thing I have tried to do. I still struggle on a daily basis and wonder if I will ever be free of all their teachings.
The JW's continue to tell me that what I am doing is wrong and I will never have God's blessing. And the sad thing is; sometimes I wonder if they are right. I look forward to the day when that little bit of doubt is gone.