“Being in the Truth has never been easy, but . . .”

I’ve been gone for a while. I’m sorry. I’ve been relocating from Sydney to Melbourne and taking a bit of time to settle in. But, now I’m back.

I switched offices, left behind the people I knew, left behind my crappy apartment, left behind my routine. I left everything behind … again. It’s at times like these that I’m most keenly aware of my absent family. I don’t think of them excessively, but it’s times like these that I remember the Jehovah’s Witnesses and the incredible impact they’ve had on my life. And not in a good way.

It got me thinking about a common phrase parroted by countless Jehovah’s Witnesses. It’s on that I’ve decided to explore with you.

“Being in the Truth has never been easy, but . . .”

God, I weary of hearing these words from Jehovah’s Witnesses. They’re the same words spoken in countless letters I’ve read from parents to children who have dared to leave. They’re words expressed by tired publishers. And the humour of it all is that they believe those words to be words conjured by their own minds. This could never be the case with the same words spoken by hundreds and thousands of mouths in nearly the exact same order. The concept that they all, independently, came up with the same concept is laughable.

There are few things easier than handing over the keys to your mind and allowing others to choose your actions and thoughts for you. I would argue that being a Jehovah’s Witness is one of the laziest decisions you could make.

Want to understand the Bible? Don’t trouble yourself. We’ll understand it for you.

Want to receive a guarantee on how to gain God’s favour? Don’t worry about discerning proper morals and ethics for yourself. We’ll do it for you. We’ll write publications that expressly provide you with a list of dos and don’ts.

Want to spend eternity in paradise with your loved ones? Just do as your told, toe the line, and your ticket will be sent in the post.

Jehovah’s Witnesses tell themselves repeatedly that their lives are “never easy” with such frequency that they’ve managed to convince themselves. It allows them to mock and disparage anyone who chooses to leave, as “weak ones”. You left, because you were “tempted” by the world’s offerings. You left, because you didn’t wish to trouble yourself with Jehovah’s high standards. You left, because you lacked discipline and sought to do as you pleased. You left, because you’re weak and couldn’t withstand the “difficult life” of a Jehovah’s Witness.

These people have an unparalleled persecution complex. Please . . . let me tell you about a life that has never been easy. Do, let us compare notes.

Talk to me about a difficult life when your entire social network dumps you like a diseased corpse without burial beside the road.

Talk to me when your own mother hasn’t spoken to you in greater than a decade.

Talk to me when you’ve had no one to turn to and had to sell everything you owned to avoid homelessness.

Life on the outside has not been easy. Watchtower made sure of that. Truth is, it would’ve been a lot easier—and lazier—had I stayed. But I would rather suffer a thousand injustices to live authentically. This is me. I will not be controlled or subjugated. I will not and neither should you. We are able to determine for ourselves what is right and wrong based on the conscience beating in the hearts of our chests. Don’t dare let them tell you what is right or wrong, these other humans, with no greater discernment than you. They are not closer to God than you. They have no right!

My family buy into this silliness. Well, shame on them! I’ve been robbed of them. Well, Watchtower can have them, but they’ll never, ever, have me.