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JW's: How do you feel about being told that you MUST wear your badge even when out to dinner at night with your family after a convention?

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19 hours ago, Jack Ryan said:

Was the direction given as a suggestion? So delegates were free not to wear it?

What would happen if one of them chose NOT to wear it?

Of course, it depends on listeners at convention how seriously they will take what was said From Platform! All what was said from Platform should be, need to be taken very seriously, and as such it have some sound, some sort Of Obligation to JW Members. In this Context @Jack Ryan have good point. I don't now how "seriously" elders want and have to empowered this thing about badges after convention program. But every "good" JW will take that very seriously and wearing his badge all days in purpose of Witnessing. I think how that is main point about badges, to promote JW religion.

Of course, we have various perception on how that can look sometimes in some circumstances as @Anna mentioned. I remember International Convention in Nuremberg in 1998 i think. I saw a large group of delegates (think Germans, but not sure any more) who returned from restaurant. It is normal condition, after whole day of sitting, summer temperatures, big evening meal, beverages (wine or beer)  slowly walked through road, a little sloppy because of the tiredness of each and every type, the clothes were no longer so neat, somehow looked under power of drink or tired  or both :)) ,.... but they had badges.

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19 hours ago, derek1956 said:

Small things we comply with will give us the determination to do a bigger life saving thing in the future

Like what? 

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7 hours ago, Srecko Sostar said:

I think how that is main point about badges, to promote JW religion.

Sheesh. Next thing you know, Srecko will be saying that JWs in the concentration camps wore purple triangles to “promote JW religion.”

Why make such a conspiracy out of everything? It is not as though people have never been known to wear name badges outside of Christianity, or that their doing so is the sure sign of a brainwashed cult.

Their wearing badges advertising  the convention is in perfect harmony with “declaring this good news of the kingdom in all the inhabited earth.”

 

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Those who love Jehovah will follow the lead of his organization and stay on the path of righteousness that leads to everlasting life.  Those who leave Jehovah's true organization and become apostates and try to mislead others or place doubts in their minds are on that other path....the one that leads to destruction, along with Satan and his followers.   I choose to listen to Jehovah and his servants!

 

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And.....why do some people BOLDLY say certain things about JW's without getting their facts straight?

If you imply that you know what your talking about, then my goodness, do some proper research, before you destroy all your credibility and look like a fool.

People will catch on given enough time.

 

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1 hour ago, Patricia A Trotter said:

Those who love Jehovah will follow the lead of his organization and stay on the path of righteousness that leads to everlasting life.  Those who leave Jehovah's true organization and become apostates and try to mislead others or place doubts in their minds are on that other path....the one that leads to destruction, along with Satan and his followers.   I choose to listen to Jehovah and his servants!

 

Does wearing a badge determine if one is on the path of righteousness?  Do you remember the cross and crown on the early Watchtower magazines?  It is a Masonic symbol that can be worn as a pin.  Would wearing it show you were on the path of righteousness when it was used by the Watchtower; and, would you wear it today, or is it not acceptable jewelry  for those who desire to remain on the path of righteousness?  If not, who is the apostate?  Wouldn't the apostates be your brothers and sisters from years past, who treasured this symbol as representing their "organization"?

You say, "those who leave Jehovah's organization..."  Is God and the organization inseparably linked?   Isa 46:5

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12 hours ago, Srecko Sostar said:

slowly walked through road, a little sloppy because of the tiredness of each and every type, the clothes were no longer so neat, somehow looked under power of drink or tired  or both :)) ,.... but they had badges.

Maybe they should have taken them off 😀

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The Governing Body is not some infallible authority over us. Jesus and Jehovah do not give them direct revelations of what they should do or say. If that were the case, there would never be any error on their part. Jehovah and Jesus do not tell the GB that all Witnesses at conventions should wear their badges when out. Their direction comes from what is already in the Bible, and where there is no clear or direct Biblical support for or against, they can can make recommendations as they see fit in their opinion. However, they cannot (and should not) command anyone what to do. If they were to do that, they would be abusing their position, which is feeding the flock with spiritual food, which does not entail giving out commands based on opinion. The only justification for commanding anything is if it is a command in the Bible. The Bible does say "be obedient to those taking the lead". However, this is not an absolute. We know we would not obey anything that was contrary to the Bible. In saying "be obedient to those taking the lead", the assumption is that this would be something beneficial and reasonable and not against scripture.  I would say wearing name badges while out is reasonable. It advertises the convention, it encourages questions and conversation, and it's fun to see others out and about and see they belong to us. There is nothing odd about it. Perhaps also it helps the brothers and sisters remember who they are, in case they get a little forgetful....all these things are probably the most likely reasons for this recommendation,  BUT it is still an option whether one wears one or not. No one that I know of stresses about it either way. Some like to wear something more comfy than a suit and tie while at a restaurant, and some get positively worried about spilling something on their tie (my husband is one). The most obvious reason for changing into different clothes is that not everybody goes out to eat straight after the convention. Some go to their hotel to chill first. And no one chills out in their suit and tie. And to put the suit and tie back on just to go and eat out at a moderate restaurant could be a little odd. Plus it would be extra hard to get the kids back into their fancy clothes after they've spent an hour at the swimming pool..... So, no one I know of purposefully takes their name badge off, but if it so happens that they do get changed into something else, the name badge most likely doesn't go back on....

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