Bro. Don at Movable Jewel has written an interesting essay called "Of Grand Masters, the Shrine, and Jeff Peace," in which he urges us to not be judgmental about the current brouhaha between Arizona's Grand Master M.W. Bro. Rex Hutchens and the El Zaribah Shrine Temple in Phoenix.
He suggests that Masons "temper their passions with forbearance, reason, and Brotherly Love," which is a lesson we should probably all heed daily.
His essay brings to mind a greater point: What exactly are our obligations towards a Grand Lodge? Are we to blindly obey any and every order or request of a Grand Master? Or do our obligations require us only to submit to constitutions, laws and edicts? Absent a written edict, if a Grand Master were to say "don't do this" or "do that," are we obliged to obey him?
And if so, does it matter if what he said to do or not do violates our own conscience?
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