Jehovah’s Witnesses Family Night

//Jehovah’s Witnesses Family Night

Thursday, December 17

Every man must be swift about hearing.Jas. 1:19.

To keep the lines of communication open, family members must listen—really listen—to one another. Parents, do you really listen to your children? This may be difficult when you are tired or when the conversation seems somewhat trivial. But what appears to be trivial to you may be very important to your child. To be “swift about hearing” means being attentive not only to what your child says but also to how he or she says it. Tone of voice and body language give clues about how a young one feels. Asking questions is also important. “A person’s thoughts are like water in a deep well,” says the Bible, “but someone with insight can draw them out.”  Insight and discernment are especially needed when you are drawing your children out on sensitive topics.

COMMENTARY

We are in a state of war. No doubt about it. No, not the kind that is fought with bombs and bullets and all of that. We are in a spiritual war. The adversary is cunning and powerful. He knows our every weakness and will resort to anything to defeat us outright or weaken our resolve to fight — in effect, causing us to surrender. The enemy, of course, is the Devil.

In literal warfare one of the most common strategies is to disrupt communications. That is what Satan has cleverly done in modern times. It started with television. But in the early days watching T.V. was a family thing. But as technology has proliferated now everyone has at least one personal “device.”

man of the world with smart phone Look at people in public — especially young people. It is hard to find someone who is not walking around with a smart phone. And as the Watchtower article from which today’s text is taken perfectly illustrates, the fixation on personal devices can be even more pronounced in the home, with virtually every family member isolated while each is fixated on their own device. 

I can see the wisdom in the Watchtower’s dropping the home book study in favor of a family night. Although perhaps single and elderly Christians may not appreciate its value, if families spend at least one night per week in the same room communicating and sharing in something spiritual, that can go a long way in offsetting the isolation produced by our absorption into our personal devices.

As the world becomes more and more self-absorbed the family night arrangement Bethel has been promoting seems to me to be a brilliant strategy to offset Satan’s scheme to disrupt the lines of communication within the family. Maybe the faithful slave is onto something with this family night thing after all!

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2016-12-08T15:10:52+00:00 December 17th, 2015|Commentary|1 Comment
  • Kevin b

    Robert, excellent job on providing so much information, by way of articles and the daily commentary. You also said recently in a commentary about war, “Warfare is all about deception. Whether its literal warfare or spiritual, the principles are the same”. While having the family night instead of a meeting can be looked at as a great idea, what could be another reason for doing this. If I remember correctly, gas prices were very high at the time of this new arrangement. It also looked like the branch was concerned about its members being able to afford to get to the meetings, so they made this loving adjustment. Here is where the deception comes in. Most Kingdom Halls are shared by two or three congregations, even when we had two mid week meetings. If you only have one mid week meeting per hall, more congregations can meet at one building, 5 or 6. Which will keep the branch from having to build more new Kingdom Halls. They had a big elders meeting about a new style of hall they are going to be building a few years ago. The elders at my hall were so excited about the new format. They said how it was such a great design, and how great this and that was. Bottom line is, no matter what design they came up with, it could of been the worst idea and design in history, they would say how great it was, and how Jehovah must be backing it. Also, I believe the RBC has been done away with and a new corporation has taken over their role. Then they announce how we no longer have a Kingdom Hall payment, but all congregations will contribute monthly, if you did have a payment, you still keep that same payment FOREVER. Wow, I can’t believe that went through so easily. Now the latest announcement is they are focused on building Warwick, the country club for the governing body, not building Kingdom Halls. They don’t need to build Kingdom Halls now because 6 congregations can now use one building. Their plan has been in motion since the book studies were taken out of the home years ago. It won’t be long before they start selling off Kingdom Halls that aren’t used to full capacity. Every decision or rule they make, everyone blindly excepts as gospel. The scriptures say at 2Co 11:14 And no wonder, for Satan himself keeps disguising himself as an angel of light. The light spewing from bethel in my opinion comes from satan. Ps 34:13 Then guard your tongue from what is bad, Your lips from speaking deception. The branch has been very deceptive in a lot of areas lately. Something big is gonna happen to stumble the masses. Something they just can’t over look. I’m not sure what it’s gonna take, but Jehovah will see to it that it will happen. As for the the family night verses the meeting night, I’m sure it was a good idea. Going to the meetings is a very painful experience at least for me. It’s the same things I’ve heard for over 40 years, nothing new. I have over a 100 of your articles downloaded to my iPad, I find myself reading that a lot while at the hall.

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