I am a mason. The organization has gotten a bad rap through the years, mostly because people fear what they don’t understand. I was initiated just a few weeks ago, and I’ll be the first to admit there is a great deal I don’t know. At the same time, I do have a good grasp of the foundational lessons, the pillars of wisdom upon which the rest of the house is built. They resonate fully with my understanding of the Gospel and spiritual growth.
I have noticed that the haters and naysayers are never actually masons. How much could you really know about an organization you’re not a part of? Also, why do you care so much?
I do know a man and pastor who renounced his membership in the masons because he felt he couldn’t be a Christian and a mason. I respect his decision, and I also respect the countless pastors, statesmen, good cops, and other leaders who are good masons and good Christians at the same time.
Again, I’ve only been a real life Stonecutter for a few weeks. I’ve been a student of the Bible much longer. When the masons let you in and start sharing those juicy secrets with you, three biblical characters are mentioned very early on: John the Evangelist, John the Baptist, and King Solomon.
Every lodge is built for God and dedicated to the memory of the two Johns. John the Evangelist is remembered as the author of the gospel of John, the epistles of John, and Revelation, all books in the New Testament. Themes of brotherly love, spiritual light, and truth, run throughout these works. John was one of Christ’s most beloved disciples according to scripture.
John the Baptist was Jesus’ cousin and harbinger. He never wavered in his message that people “repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand.” He was beheaded for speaking out to Herod in the name of what was right.
King Solomon went down in history as one of the wisest to ever live. No matter what situation he was presented with, he was able to handle it in a way that pleased God and humans around him. No surprise that he also had vast wealth and the ladies loved him, too.
I’ll end here for now, but I’m not finished talking about freemasonry here, especially if people want to argue/discuss the idea that freemasonry is an ancient and noble system of making good men better.