Have you been watching the news recently? There’s no doubt that we live in turbulent and divisive times. So how do we as Freemasons rise above the fray?
In times like this, I turn to our ritual for guidance. Let me share a few short examples.
“Masonry accepts men of every country, sect and opinion.” So, while I may believe in a different Supreme Being than you, or not necessarily agree with your point of view, I still love you as a Brother. And I will continue to treat you as such. It also means that we are welcoming of all men of good moral character regardless of how they look, how much money they have, or what neighborhood they live in. You are still my Brother, regardless of these qualities. And I will continue to treat you as such.
Here’s another important message.
“Every human being has a claim upon your kind offices. Do good unto all.” Brethren, we are honored to hold the title of “Mason”. And luckily there are other good men out there who will someday replace us when it’s time for us to lie down our working tools. Do good unto all. All doesn’t mean just the people you like. All doesn’t mean those who share like minded views. All doesn’t mean those from your generation. All means All – everyone! Regardless of their background, standing in the world, or their position in the Lodge. Don’t only do good for some – do good unto all.
So, as we come together this weekend to celebrate our Nation’s Independence, I share these closing words with you. Now more than ever, the world, our nation and our Jurisdiction need Freemasonry. They need men of strong moral character. They need men who stand true to their obligations. They need men who are good husbands, fathers, grandfathers and community members.
Brethren, you are Masons both within and without the walls of your Lodge. Please remember to use social media in a positive and informative way. Abide by the laws of your city, state and nation. Wear your Masonic ring, shirt and hat with honor and integrity. And always practice Brother Love, Relief and Truth. And importantly, wave the flag of your country with pride.
Brethren, I wish you a safe and happy 4th of July Holiday weekend. I look forward to seeing you in Lodge soon.