Lie for your brother

by William
(Derwood, Maryland, USA)

I am interested in joining but 2 issues have me hesitant.

1. I read that you will never tell the truth about another brother if it will incriminate him. Great! I'm very loyal. But at the same time you must believe in God which tells us not to lie, how do the two requirements work together? I can understand if you refuse to comment (say in court or what-have-you) but to lie...? and what about within the Fraternity? If a Brother's integrity is being questioned by the Fraternity are you able to be open and honest then?

2. Time commitment. As a single man with two jobs and only 2 weekends a month off, I worry that I would not be able to give the time required. Some of that time off is dedicated to flying as I am a pilot (for self-enjoyment) and repairing my house that needs more work than expected when I recently purchased it.

Thank you in advance for your response!


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Feb 10, 2016
Thanks for asking
by: Lant

Good questions.

First, the obligation I swore was to support fellow Masons in their *lawful* activities. The claim that Masons are obliged to lie to cover up criminal activity flies in the face of that. I have never been asked to lie by a fellow Mason, cannot conceive of it happening and would be indignant if one asked me to do that. It's just a myth.

As to time, yes, it's a real issue for some people.

We hold that a man's first duty is the the Almighty. After that are the duties he owes to his country, his employer and his family and frienda. Masonry is firmly below those in importance and no good Mason would countenance another neglecting family or job for the Craft.

In this regard, I would talk to a local lodge and see how much time they think you would need to devote to Masonry.

Feb 11, 2016
by: Fred

To follow up on Lant will be difficult, as his answers were great.

As masons, we take oaths to follow the laws of the country in which we live. Among those would include telling the truth in court. Perjury would be harmful to not only zn individual, but also to the fraternity.

Time is an important factor, and although there are no requirements for attending Lodge, we want to see our members at meetings. The only "requirements" for time, go to anyone who chooses to become a Lodge officer. As an officer, you "take a chair", and are required to attend all regular and emergent meetings. You arealsi required, to attend, when possible, all district, and/ or Grand (State) lodges of instruction.

Talk to your local lodge, sone require attendance at a function, such as a charity event, others do not. These requirements areccreated, so that the membership can get to know you,and you them.

I hope this helps

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