Why are You Still a Mason? by Jeff Peace
Has anyone ever asked you “why did you become a Mason?”
It’s a common question but I think there may be one that is even more important but never really asked: “Why are you still a Mason?”
For me the answer is because I believe in what an idea can become if people believe in it enough. Freemasonry is an “idea” or series of ideas put together into a peculiar system of morality (a philosophy?). To me that series of ideas works together to promote the brother/sisterhood of all humanity under God. I am a Mason because I believe in this idea and the many ideas of how it can be accomplished. I guess that makes me an idealist whose ideal is one and the same with that of Freemasonry.
The simple and basic concept of an organization dedicated to the brother/sisterhood of all humanity under God can also be a rule or guide by which moral judgments can be made. If something promotes the brother/sisterhood of all of humanity then it is deemed moral, if not, then immoral. It’s just that simple.
When you look at the present state of affairs in Freemasonry and judge it against this basic rule then what do you see?
Did God, in His infinite wisdom, desire that we should create things to divide us, or did He hope that we would put our minds to some higher purpose?
While I know that there are many who will criticize me for saying this I must say it anyways. I think we have become so focused on all the details that make-up Freemasonry that we have lost sight of the higher purpose for which it was intended. Our rules and Constitutions were meant to serve us and the higher good; not for us to serve them. Grand Lodges were created to unite Masons; not divide them into separate groups. Freemasonry is not about political unions but harmonious relationships.
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