position? A gift is supposed to be a spontaneous expression of affection. Such an expression can take many forms, and a tangible gift at a specific event should not be an obligation.
In some places when such “showers” are held, the gifts are grouped together without the names of the givers being attached. Why? Those Christians are conscious of Jesus’ counsel that gifts should not be given to glorify the giver. (Matt. 6:1-4) They feel that if one did not bring a gift, another brought a small token of affection, and yet another an expensive gift, unloving comparisons of who gave what might be made.—Matt. 7:12.
Does this mean that it is wrong to identify oneself as the giver of a certain present? No, that is not the point. In other places Christians at weddings and “showers” deliver gifts personally or sign cards attached to the presents. But if the presents are opened or displayed, the givers are not publicly announced. Thus there is no embarrassment.
Today people who do not worship Jehovah often hold immoderate social events that identify them as “lovers of pleasures rather than lovers of God.” (2 Tim. 3:4) But servants of Jehovah, guided by his inspired Word, demonstrate their mature appreciation of the comment, which bears repetition: “Whether you are eating or drinking or doing anything else, do all things for God’s glory.” (1 Cor. 10:31) Thus they come away from social events, not with troubled consciences, but with the satisfaction of having had enjoyable relaxation and at the same time having been spiritually upbuilt.
Do You Remember?
Have you read the recent issues of The Watchtower carefully? If so, you should recognize these important points.
● What twofold fruitage should a baptized Christian seek to produce?
● How are we to understand the words at 1 Timothy 2:15, that women would “be kept safe through childbearing”?
Bearing children would be a safeguard in keeping women occupied with worthwhile activities about their homes. Coupled with their ministry, such would help them avoid the troubles that trap untheocratic women.—Pp. 63, 64.
● In the matter of dress, how can Christians avoid stumbling others?
By dressing in a way that is acceptable from the standpoint of one’s ministry rather than following the latest worldly fashion.—Pp. 115, 116.
● Since adults who are studying the Bible will often hold back from asking questions that are in their minds, what can be done to help them understand matters they are being taught?
It is important to get them to express themselves and to draw them out by asking additional questions besides those in the textbook being used.—Pp. 144, 145.
● Why should one follow the Christian standard set out in the Bible in making decisions?
Because otherwise one will be influenced by the fleshly tendencies of selfishness, fear, pride and jealousy.—P. 168.
● What today is the “word behind” us, as mentioned in Isaiah 30:21?
It is what Jehovah God speaks to us through his written Word and through his organization.—P. 202.
● How does Thucydides, the only “classical” historian who is noted for his accuracy of statement, stand in regard to Bible chronology?
He offers testimony that supports rather than challenges Bible chronology.—Pp. 221, 222.