How the Watchtower is changing focus:
The Memorial is one thing that Jehovah’s Witnesses celebrate that has so much relevance and is even more inescapable now. It’s even more fated now than ever before. Why is this so?
“Mark,” a former JW from our Downey Ex-JW Meetup, received an invitation at his door three weeks before the Memorial. When that Sunday evening April 17th approached, Mark decided that he would attend. The event was held in a public school’s auditorium.
When he arrived, it was already crowded, ushers were directing everyone in. He had to walk a distance from where he parked to get to the door. When he arrived, it was very crowded with plenty of hustle and bustle. As he walked toward the seats, he realized that no one has greeted him. He found that very strange. As he looked for a seat, he saw seats next to an older couple and he asked if there was a seat available, toward the back. Still no one has greeted him. He dressed business casual and brought his own Bible to make it obvious that he was a visitor.
What disturbed him was that song #8, “The Lord’s Evening Meal,” that he was formerly familiar with, is not the same melody anymore. However, the most disturbing thing was that the song they used did not contain any words describing the symbolism of the bread and the wine. The words of the new song seemed to water-down the very essence of why they were having this “Memorial.” This new song, in Mark’s opinion, did not seem spiritually moving and was more like a “jingle” than a song of worship, and inappropriate for this occasion.
The talk was ordinary as it began, but Mark began to notice how the Watchtower spin focused mostly on who were the “heavenly class” rather than the Passover’s deliverance from bondage. They did use scripture to try to prove the Watchtower’s position on their belief.