Why You Should Not Become A Freemason
Freemasonry is the oldest and largest fraternity on the face of the Earth, with an estimated 4-6 million members worldwide. Texas, alone, is home to 79,934 of that number, comprising 852 lodges! However… we do not accept just anyone.
Have you ever noticed that you’ve never seen or heard of a Masonic recruiting drive? No TV or radio commercials, no print ads, no cards bound in magazines? Unfortunately, this has the side-effect of creating the reputation among some that we’re a “secret organization” or are up to something covert or mysterious. However, nothing could be further from the truth.
The truth is, we don’t recruit — because the fraternity of Freemasons is built of quality, not quantity. We’re interested only in good men, men of character. Men who tell the truth and keep their word. We begin the selection process by choosing among only those who are interested and driven enough to approach us. Further, we consider only those who are at least 18, believe in a Supreme Being, and have no record of moral turpitude.
If this describes you — we’d like to meet you. However, some men should not seek to become Freemasons. Consider the following:
As an organization of volunteers, we survive through the participation of our members. If you’re just looking for a title or to learn those “secrets” but aren’t interested in being an active part… you should not become a Freemason.
Being a brother in our fraternity can yield great rewards, but one gets back only what he puts forth. Joining and advancing require time, work, and dedication. If you don’t have these to give… you should not become a Freemason.
Further, consider what Freemasonry is not:
· A REFORM SOCIETY: One of our mission statements is, “Making Good Men Better.” We don’t attempt to turn men around or “put them on the straight & narrow.” Seeking to do so is an admirable venture, but it’s not what we do.
· A BENEFIT ORGANIZATION: You’ll find no insurance, retirement benefits, or assistance in growing your business.
· A RELIGION: Our members are all men of faith, but bring their beliefs with them and practice the religion of their choice.
· A CULT: As mentioned above, Masonry is not a religion (nor a substitute for one). We are not a closed society, our members are encouraged to think freely for themselves, owe their allegiance to no man, may end their membership anytime they choose without penalty, and are fully accountable to civilian law.
· A POLITICAL MOVEMENT: While members will often have their own individual political views, as a fraternity, we take no sides and endorse no party or candidate. In fact, inside our lodge rooms, it is prohibited to speak of political matters.
Disappointed? Then you should not become a Freemason.
If, on the other hand, you’re still reading — perhaps you’re a good fit for us. Are we a good fit for you? When you’re ready, we hope you’ll come find out!