A lot of you prayed for me this morning as I invited two Jehovah’s Witnesses over to my place for a little chat. And honestly? I was all kinds of nervous. Not that I didn’t expect God to answer your prayers, but, um, I’m pretty sure I wasn’t trusting him completely.
The last time I had JW’s over, they made it perfectly clear that the internet was a tool of the devil that they wouldn’t be wasting their time (or salvation) on, so I was free to share my whole experience online. This time? R and C are all about the internet and are probably reading this post the same time you are, so I want to respect their privacy (and keep them liking me).
R and C, if you’re there, it was a privilege and a blessing to have you in my home today, and I thank God for allowing our paths to cross. I hope you’re serious about wanting to come back and hang out some more.
But just because they might be reading this doesn’t mean I’m not going to share a bit about my morning. I’m a transparent kind of girl (except when I’m not). It all started at 10:00 a.m., a full 30 minutes before our 10:30 meeting time. Besides the fact that my hair was wet from the shower and my living room floor had crumbs all over it, I was as ready as I’d ever be.
R is a young mom and had her 18-month-old daughter with her. C is a young-at-heart aunt and had her 4-year-old nephew with her. I brought out a plastic tub of cars for Little Guy, and Baby Girl busied herself with some books and rubber zoo animals.
C’s Bible wasn’t in her purse like she thought it was, so R did most of the talking and looking up Scripture. I’ll tell you what–she knows her stuff. She told me I know mine too, so that was an encouragement. I had marked a few passages where I hoped I could “prove” a few things I believed but knew she didn’t. I don’t think I got anywhere with any of those.
R was so kind to answer some personal questions (I thought she might avoid them). I asked her about her background (grew up Baptist), her conversion (in college, she met a JW who did a Bible study with her) and what really made her decide she wanted to convert (she couldn’t reconcile the idea of a loving God sending people to burn in hellfire).
I did point out that our loving God provided a way out of that hellfire.
Toward the end, the biggest thing I pushed was this: how can you believe everything the Watchtower Society says? What gives these people the ultimate authority to dictate what you believe? I’m a firm believer that truth doesn’t shrink from inquiry. Why is it that I can invite you into my home and let you talk about your religion, but you’re not allowed to read anything that isn’t written by the Watchtower?
Not true, they both said.
I went on to tell them that the last JW’s who came had said that. And that they wouldn’t even take an innocuous copy of Blushing Bride. “You write books??” R was thrilled. “I’ll take one!” C, who’s not even married, said. I sent them away with a Blushing and Diapers book each.
And I’ll tell you what–I was sad to see them go. Baby Girl was getting hungry and they had left a friend in the car (“We’ll only be a minute!” they’d told her. How about an hour?). But we kept coming up with things to talk about and things we had in common and they both had all kinds of things to say.
We liked each other a lot. And said so. They hugged me. Even Little Guy wrapped his arms around my legs and squeezed really hard. “He never hugs people like that!” C told me.
I waved good-bye and shut the door and stayed on cloud nine for at least two hours (and skyped with our friend, Panha, in Cambodia as soon as they left, which just added to my glee).
Let this be a lesson to me. God is faithful. And he doesn’t expect us to share our faith perfectly. But when we take an obedient step in his direction, he often makes it a lot easier on us than we could’ve imagined.
I’m not naive enough to think that following Christ will always be a romp in a poppy field, but he sure blessed me today.
I would love it if you’d join me in praying for R and C. And in praising God for working through a scaredy-cat like me.
Love you guys! I could FEEL your prayers today for reals!