Teaching moment

June 30, 2008 at 12:14 pm 1 comment

Okay, so the Jehovah’s Witnesses have come to our door three times in the past half hour.  The girls and I are hiding.  This has made for some awkward but pretty frank conversation (in whispers, of course):

Me (whisper shouting): Don’t answer the door!

#6 (whisper shouting back): Why not?

Me: Because there are Jehovah’s Witnesses at our door.

#6: What are those?  Are they bad?

Me: No, they’re not bad.  They’re just misguided.

#6: Huh?

#5 (comes down the stairs at this point, while her sister and I are huddled in the front hall, staying away from the windows): Why are you hiding and whispering?

#6: Because there are bad people at the door.

Me: No, they’re not bad people.  Just misguided.

We then moved to the back of the house, where we could speak freely.  I felt like we were in a clandestine meeting of an underground church in China.

The discussion that followed was actually a pretty good one.  We discussed how there are different religions and how people don’t know or choose not to believe that Jesus is God’s Son and that He is the only way to be saved.  I explained that there are some religions that even think that they are Christians but that they have either added to the Bible (which is a no-no) or have taken part of the Bible out of context and thus feel chained to certain rules.  These rules make them believe things like that they have to go door to door and share their religion.

When they asked why we couldn’t just answer the door and tell them about Jesus, I told them that these people won’t listen.  I told them it’s a good idea to pray for them.

I know, I totally weenied out.  My grandma actually wrote her own “How to respond to Jehovah’s Witnesses” booklet.  She was a little warrior for Jesus, I tell you.  Pity the hapless Jehovah’s Witness who knocked on her door!

My girls announced a few minutes ago that they’re going to live in the basement all afternoon “in case those people come back looking for them.”  I have some damage control to do.

How do you respond to these door-knockers?

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  • 1. Joanna  |  June 30, 2008 at 5:45 pm

    I sent them to your house!

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