Going door-to-door

July 29, 2012 • Dear Editor

Dear Editor:

A few years ago the television news showed couples walking door-to-door in Iowa. They were not Jehovah’s Witnesses. They were campaign workers for the Democratic presidential candidates.

I use the example of these people to show why Jehovah’s Witnesses go door-to-door. They are actually campaign workers for the Kingdom Government of Jesus Christ. Jesus himself began this work and he then trained his followers to go door-to-door and even telling them to “enter into the house and greet the householder.” He also said some would not welcome the message.

What specifically was the message? As prophesied in Isaiah 9:6,7 a “government” would be given to the “Prince of Peace.” The angel Gabriel told Mary her son would be given the “Kingdom of David” and it would rule worldwide. This government would destroy and replace all earthly governments (Daniel 2:44). This “Good News of the Kingdom” would be preached worldwide and then the end would come. (Matthew 24:14) It was “good news” because this government would have the God-given authority and supernatural ability to rule the world perfectly. With his miracles, Jesus showed a small preview of what it would do earthwide in the future.

Early Christians definitely taught about the Kingdom both publicly and from “house to house” (Acts 5:42 and 20:20). At one point Jesus said the disciples would “by no means complete the circuit of the cities of Israel until the Son of man arrives.” So they would clearly continue the campaign on into our day. Jesus commanded his disciples to “go make disciples and to teach people” and the Apostle Paul said “preach the word, be at it urgently … fully accomplish your ministry.”

Who is doing that work today? You know the answer. With over 7 million unpaid ministers going door to door they literally are canvassing the Earth over and over. Since 1992 they have put in over a billion hours per year. Last year alone it was 1,707,094,710 hours teaching and declaring the Good News of the Kingdom. They have been called “Publishing Titans” with the production of the number one magazine in the world “The Watchtower, Announcing Jehovah’s Kingdom” in 195 languages.

I wanted to explain why we go door-to-door because most people today are shutting the door before even asking what our message is all about. It seems people are disappointed in government and religion and many have just given up.

We are trying to tell people that they have a choice in government and human governments, which are under Satan’s control, are a terrible failure and a poor choice We offer free Bible studies to our neighbors (on average over 8.4 million are conducted worldwide every month). But the work we are doing of carrying and defending the great name of Jehovah God and announcing the Kingdom of his Son is almost over. We want to thank all of you who were so courteous and respectful to us when we came to your door, even when you weren’t interested and even when we woke you up. Your good manners made our day a little more pleasant and our challenging work a little easier.

Mike Burlesson


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