Originally posted by IndianBones
Why veil a beacon?
1"(A)Do not judge so that you will not be judged.
2"For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and (B)by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you.
3"Why do you (C)look at the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?
4"(D)Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' and behold, the log is in your own eye?
5"You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye.
6"(E)Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear
you to pieces.
7"(F)Ask, and (G)it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
8"For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.
9"Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone?
10"Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he?
11"If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, (H)how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to
those who ask Him!
12"In everything, (I)therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for (J)this is the Law and the Prophets.
Many Christians sadly do not fully wrap their minds around the wisdom in the New Testament they thump, and spend more time listening to others
interpret scripture for them, then reading and thinking themselves. So be it, however such men are not likely to choose, or be well regarded in
masonry. Masonry contrary to pop culture belief is not an organization for "followers" but rather like minded men all seeking truth on their own
terms, and sharing a bond of common virtues, while often having very very different religious views. The very reason Masonry became so popular in the
16-1700's was it was a safe haven for free thinkers often persecuted by the Catholic church of that time, it was also a place where men from
different social, and economic backgrounds might talk to each other on a more equal footing spreading ideas, and concerns without fear of reprisal.
Remember, there was no internet, there was no free press...in many ways this and other internet forums are the modern equivalent of those early lodges
in regards to being a place where people might speak their mind, and listen to each other outside a very repressive social and religious hierarchy.
Part of the making of that safe haven, was in its strict regard for very high morals and virtues among its members. Again…..Matthew 7 makes clear
the reason why very eloquently. Wisdom is not understood by all men, nor appreciated by them. Often rather then spreading wisdom, teaching those with
no ear for it only ends with the teacher of good inetntions being tramples, and their message slandered. Masonry is a place where likeminded men, who
usually were already striving for decency and virtue before they joined, to find men like them. A placewhere there are men who while disagreeing would
not play the silly mean and cruel vindictive games most people play when others dare to disagree with their world view.
This sort of compassionate, and considerate view to other people of different backgrounds, is exactly the sort of message Christ exemplified…..that
is the Christ of the bible……not maybe the Christ many paganized Christians today like to beat others over the head with. Christ taught humility,
peaceful coexistence, and discussion, learning, and respect for even the Sumaritan who lived by virtue if not the same religion as him.
It was previously mentioned all York Rite masons must be Christians or profess to be. This is sort of true, but not completely so. The Royal Arch
Masons, Cryptic Masons, and Knight Templars are 3 distinctive groups, that are all apart of th York Rite. One does not have to be in all three to be
in the York Rite, though most York Rite masons are. There are many Jewish masons and of other faiths in the Royal Arch and Cryptic groups. However ALL
Knight Templars in the York Rite are Christians, and like those they have modeled the order after, believe in vigorously defending the Church. (That
is the “Church” as it is spoken of in the new testament, not a physical building but the larger body of Christians as a whole.) Many ministers,
pastors, and yes Even Priests are members of this body. We have Methodists, Mormons, Baptists, Catholics, Presbyterianss, Chruch of Christ, Episcopal,
and just about every other denomination you can think of among our number. I've been told there's a few well thought of military groups that are
largely made up by YR members as well. The number of clergymen in this order is striking. I’ve heard a fiery self proclaimed Baptists talk about
masons all being devil worshipers, and not knowing their very own minister, and many of their church’s most active members were masons….(the same
guy has a thing for getting drunk every weekend and being abusive to people as well, class act finger pointer) We just nod and chuckle, and maybe weep
a little bit for them for only being able to talk the talk, and not ever trying to walk the path Christ has laid for us.
The York Rite has many very important historical member’s in this nation including some Revolutionary War heros, and you will find very few men of
any denomination more respectful and faithful or trying harder to live the life Christ taught us to live then the men of the Knight Templar order.
One last note….many many of those clergymen joined with thoughts of discrediting the order, or at least trying to figure if it somehow endangered
their flock, and instead found fellow Christians of profound faith who across denominations choose to help them, and support their ministries. I
would challenge any Christian to join, and if any part of masonry or the York Rite is conflicting with your faith, feel free to leave and say what you
like, but do not slander what you do not know, and forget the passage quoted above.