“The soldier is the Army. No army is better than its soldiers. The Soldier is also a citizen. In fact, the highest obligation and privilege of citizenship is that of bearing arms for one’s country”
― George S. Patton Jr.
There are many reasons why I’m not a Jehovah’s Witness. My e-book discusses at least five. I have written several posts on JW’s here on my blog, detailing more reasons why I would never be a JW. (To read more, please type in “Jw” or “Jehovah’s Witnesses” in the search bar to your left.)
This morning while checking my email, the Thomas Moore Law Firm sent me the following article and video about the Marines singing a worship song. You might be asking yourself, “What does this have to do with today’s blog about JW’s?”
You need to watch the video to gain the full understanding of my post, and in particular, the segment starting at 2:09 where the Marines start singing, “There’s no God like Jehovah, there’s no God like Jehovah…”
If you can’t understand all the words or if the song is unfamiliar to you, here it is with the lyrics.
I believe most men desire to have a cause to fight for, whether it be to protect their family from bodily harm or to protect their country from an invading force which threatens themselves and their loved ones.
WW2 comes to mind, when young Americans by the millions eagerly went to their local recruiting offices and willingly and gladly signed up to fight the Japanese and Nazi’s. Many of these brave soldiers would sacrifice both life and limb for the love of their country.
Sadly, such devotion is not possible while being a Jehovah’s Witness. Not only are they forbidden to take up arms against a sworn enemy like Adolf Hitler’s Germany, they are unable to salute the very flag by which they have been given the freedom to go door-to-door and spread their bastardized form of what they consider “the gospel.”
Which brings up this video of the Marines. Here are some of America’s finest and bravest warriors, standing, many of them, their arms across the necks and shoulders of their fellow soldier, gustily singing a praise song to…Jehovah.
I admit to being inspired and encouraged by this video, more so when the Marines would shout out the famous “Oorah!” that has become a trademark among this fighting elite. Such a display of camaraderie and devotion to country while singing a praise song to Jehovah by men whom you would never expect to do such a thing is awe-inspiring.
For many young man—millions even—the opportunity to serve their country by taking up arms against the enemy is the height of sacrifice and devotion. Though war can never, and should never, be glorified just for the sake of shedding blood, it often becomes a necessary thing to drive out a real and dangerous evil, such as Hitler.
But not for JW’s. Their chance to serve their country is forever foreclosed by a rigid, authoritarian manmade religious system that demands complete and total allegiance to their perverse rules that forbids its members from giving back to their country what their country has willingly and gladly given to them: freedom, safety and a protected place to raise their families.
Obviously, we are not all warriors, but some among us are, called to answer the call of duty to one’s country when the desperate need arises. How many JW men were called to fight for their country and did not because they chose instead to listen to cowardly and selfish men who somehow convinced them that “Jehovah’s will” was not to take up arms in defense of either their nation or the world?
I watch that video of those Marines, singing their hearts and souls out to God, men who will perhaps give the last full measure of their devotion by sacrificing their own lives on the altar of liberty and freedom, shedding their precious blood for the sake of their loved ones and countrymen.
But not JW men. None of their voices will be joined with the voices of these brave warriors singing to Jehovah, the very name by which all JW’s so proudly identify themselves with.
I wonder, do some JW’s, if they would stumble upon this video and watch and hear brave soldiers unashamedly lifting up their voices to Jehovah, wish that they, too, could be in that room and be a part of that worship experience with other like-minded men? Do some JW men long to serve their country in such a capacity, to share in the “warrior camaraderie” so exquisitely exhibited in this video?
For almost 150 years, all JW men have been denied this experience, denied the honor of serving their country, and in some cases, perhaps even in many cases, denied the honor of dying for their country in a cause greater than themselves.
I think of the men who stormed the beaches in Normandy…so many of them ruthlessly gunned down by the Nazi’s on those high cliffs, yet so many that fought their way up those deadly faces and secured the first line of offense against perhaps the most brutal and savage regime in recorded history. Those men were a part of securing freedom for the entire continent of Europe and releasing whole nations from the cruel bonds of tyranny, slavery and brutality.
Why could not JW men fight alongside other non-JW men who sing such songs to Jehovah? JW’s pride themselves—even boast—on knowing what they consider to be one of the only names for God: Jehovah. If so, why would they hesitate to serve and fight next to other men who are singing His praises and using the exact name by which they are identified with?
This is yet another tragic and pitiful aspect of the slavery one finds while being yoked to the religion of Jehovah’s Witnesses: mind and thought control of such strength and power that the inherent and natural duty instilled in the heart of any patriot is silenced by the twisted logic and teaching of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society.