The Ultimate Masonic Lesson
by Worshipful Brother
Frederic L. Milliken
Recently I had the joy of
instructing a class of our newly raised Master Masons. Going over “what’s in
the book” is vitally important and we did that. But equally important is to
teach what is not in the book, what is not part of the curriculum per se.
For me that means teaching the new
recruits that Freemasonry is a non judgmental, non confrontational, tolerant,
peace loving fraternity. That doesn’t mean that we will accept evil,
immorality or injustice. What it does mean is that as Masons we need to
refrain from criticizing another lifestyle, another culture that is legitimate
and acceptable in the eyes of God.
Every Lodge room is a haven of
peace where harmony prevails and where no harm should come to any Brother. Nor
should any be subjected to racism, slander, cussing, berating or other
As Masons we check our guns at the
door. We also check our argumentative attitudes, the chip we may have on our
shoulder, the cause du jour we may be promoting and the path of immortality we
may believe is the one and only true way.
That does not make us a bland,
superficial society, however. We stand firmly by the religion common to all
faiths. Freemasonry is not a religion but it does promote and instill in its
members those tenets of morality common to all religions without prescribing a
particular path. It also stands foursquare for justice. Just looking at the
Four Cardinal Virtues – Temperance, Fortitude, Prudence and Justice should
give anybody an insight into the character of Freemasonry. For this reason we
talk about the Universality of Freemasonry.
This is the ideal of Freemasonry.
Ideals sometimes get sidetracked. Such has been my criticism of some Southern
Mainstream Freemasonry that blackballs African Americans, non Christians and
foreign speaking people. Freemasonry was never organized to be an all White,
Christian only, Protestant only, English speaking only, born in America
society. It is inclusive of all peoples of good character who profess a Faith.
Practiced as it should be,
Freemasonry brings together Brothers of different races, religions, creeds,
cultures, economic circumstances and political persuasions all under one roof.
It brings them together in the pursuit of truth, peace, justice and brotherly
love and affection. It’s not what divides us that is important, it’s what we
have in common as children of God, a God, however interpreted, who wants us to
recognize the fact that we are all one and that in His eyes we are all His
children, that is of the utmost importance.
The lessons of the Craft are not
complete until we have instilled in each and every Brother that the Lodge is
an oasis of peace, that harmony and accord are its modes of operation
resulting in a universal society where we are all one.