reply to post by W3RLIED2
Your post is understandable. I have had disappointing events unfold within the Lodge that I belong also.
I will not go into the details, but they were matters of the heart, not of gossip.
I also felt betrayed, because of what I believed about these men.
As has been stated in this thread, Masons are simply men. Many of these men are Masons in name only, but there are those that are Masons throughout
You learned things that you already knew, but were presented knowledge in a manner to build something within your soul. Do not foresake this. You sir
should stand proud to represent Mason's. Your actions will be noticed, and there will be many that appreciate and understand you deeds. Those that
gossip, defame the good name, and abandon another brother are simply NON Masons that slither in the Lodges of the world and wear the symbols of our
fraternity, casting a dark and foul shadow upon the Upright Masons of the world.
I ask that you do not drop, that you keep up your dues. If you are disgusted with your Lodge, and many Brothers get this way, then seek another Lodge
to contribute to. Do not lose what pride you found in the teachings about Brothers, we are here. I do not often wear my ring, which was handed down to
me by my father, nor the ring which was my grandfathers. I am always a Mason in actions, and I always greet a Brother with the grip. I am proud to be
a Mason, though I am not proud of all Masons and their actions.
It is not difficult to act as a Mason should when all Masons treat each other as taught. It is difficult to stay true to the teachings and conduct
oneself as a Upright Mason when surrounded by slithering replicas of a Mason. It is all the more important for true Masons to Stand Proud and Act
Appropriately so that what we have learned, felt, and believe does not pass away because of the False Masons that reside within our Lodges.
Thank you for your post, I can understand the emotions that are contained in the words, the violation of trust, the act of protecting a Brother while
putting yourself at risk, to only be disrespected. I also understand the part of the disrespect for your wife. For a Mason to utter the words of
defame against your wife goes against what we all learned. A Masons wife and child shall be treated as ones own always by all Brothers. We as Masons
should never have doubts about this. We all carry the knowledge that in a time of crisis that a Brother can be counted on to protect and give aid to
our loved ones. The man that spoke the foul words you wrote is no Mason, he is but a shallow, pitiful creature.
I hope as time passes your emotions do not diminish, but change directions so that you keep the faith, and lead others rather than abandon the true
Brothers that surround you everywhere you go.