BBC goes to a Kingdom Hall
“The One Show,” is a magazine show with topical reports, features and interviews from around the UK. It’s very similar to ABC’s “Night Line” or “Entertainment Tonight” in the USA. “The One Show” appears on the BBC1-TV network at 7:00 PM after local news.
After several stories about the deaths of faithful Jehovah’s Witnesses who refused blood transfusions, one of the reporters went out to find out more about Jehovah’s Witnesses. He decided to visit a Kingdom Hall and let Witnesses speak for themselves. He found out that they are, for the most part, very normal people living typical lifestyles. The reporter notes that while they are clearly Bible quoting Christians, there are some remarkable differences between them and most mainstream UK church-goers.
Although this report takes a very shallow and uncritical look at the Watchtower Society, it does give a fair presentation of typical rank and file British Jehovah’s Witnesses. This is what we’d wish that all Kingdom Halls and average Jehovah’s Witnesses were like. Check out this video report for yourself.
BBC reporter visits a Kingdom Hall . . .
On the surface there is nothing here that would put the Watchtower Society or Jehovah’s Witnesses in a bad light. The Hall is clean and tidy – and relatively new. The people are all well-dressed and well-behaved. But this reporter looked only at surface. He did not see the backroom politics and gossip. He did not realize that the meetings are mind-numbing, without anything that approaches worship or meaningful prayer. Did he notice that the Kingdom songs were certainly not memorable and likely difficult to sing – filled with Witness propaganda? While he did ask questions about Christmas and blood-transfusions, he did not touch the subjects of false predictions, changing teachings, or the shunning of those who have left.
A reporter could go into almost any small church in the UK or North America and find a congregation just like this one. The real issue is not appearances, but rather how the members are really being treated and how credible their beliefs are. Is the church a positive force in the community? Or does it preach a divisive and destructive message?