Lodge History Facts Q & A
Freemasonry is the oldest, largest fraternity in the world. It’s members have included Kings, Presidents, Prime Ministers, Statesmen, Generals, Admirals, Supreme Court Chief Justices, corporate CEOs, opera stars, movie stars, and probably your next door neighbor or even your closest friend!
Masonry is always ready to welcome good men in the Fraternity. It’s ready to welcome YOU, if in your heart you can answer “yes” to a few questions.
Do you believe there is such a thing as honor, and that a man has a responsibility to act with honor in everything he does?
Masons teach that principal. We believe that a life not founded on honor is hollow and empty; that a man without honor is less than a man.
Do you believe in god?
No atheist can be a mason! Masons do not care what your individual faith is; but we do require that a man believe in a “Supreme Being”.
Are you willing to allow others the same right to their own beliefs that you insist on yourself?
Masonry insists on toleration; on the right of each person to think for himself in religious, social and political matters.
Do you believe that you have a responsibility to leave the world a better place than you found it?
Masonry teaches that each man has a duty not only to himself but to others. We must do what we can to make the world a better place. Whether that means cleaning up the environment, working on civic projects or helping all children normal or handicapped. The world should be a better place because we have passed through it.
Do you believe that it is not only more blessed to give than to receive? (It’s also more fun! )
Masons are involved with the problems and need of others, because we know it gives each of us a good feeling; unlike any other to help. Much of our help is given anonymously. We’re not after gratitude; we are more than rewarded by that feeling which comes from knowing we have helped another person overcome some adversity, so that their life can go on productively.
Are you willing to give help to your Brothers when they need it, and to accept their help when you need it?
Masonry is mutual help! Not just financial help, but help in the sense of being there when needed, giving support, or lending a sympathetic ear.
Do you feel there is something more to life than financial success?
Masons know that self-development is more precious than money in the bank or social position or political power. Those endeavors often accompany self-development, but they are no substitute for it. Masons work at building their lives and character, just as a carpenter works at building a house.
Do you believe that a person should strive to be a good citizen and that we have a moral duty to be true to the country in which we live?
Masons believe that a country is strong as long as freedom, equality, and the opportunity for human development are afforded to all. A Mason is true to his government and its ideals. He supports its laws and authority when both are just and equitably applied. We uphold and maintain the principals of good government, and oppose every influence that would divide it in a degrading manner.