Masonic Brotherhood in the Civil War

 

A second reason why Masonry held together is that membership in a Masonic Lodge is by choice only. No man has ever been recruited into joining a Lodge. Our rules, in fact, prohibit Masons from actively pursuing someone for initiation. Instead, a man interested in becoming a Mason must, “of his own free will and accord,” actively seek out a member of the Lodge which he wishes to join and ask him for a petition for membership.

The third reason is the structure of the Craft itself. There are a number of internal rules and customs that helped the Lodge as a whole avoid the turbulent politics and divisiveness of the War. This allowed the Lodge to continue to function as a place a man could go when he needed help or a quiet haven from the storms that raged outside the Craft. It was then and continues to be today, a place where true brotherhood exists.

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

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The Twin Pillars of Faith and Political Leadership

Written by: Gary Wonning

Constant reference is made in the masonic degrees alluding to the pillars of Jachin and Boaz, the pillars that adored King Salomon’s temple in the days of old.

Their history goes back even farther than that period of time. They date back to ancient Egypt and in reality, even farther than that, all the way back to the dawn of civilization as we know it.

Studying history and the spiritual development that transpired over the ages, we find the pillars allude to many things, not just to the guarding of a sacred temple.

But after studying the history of the pillars we find that in spite of many only thinking they are the guardians of a temple, we begin to realize they have a much deeper significance.

They not only guard the temple, but they guard and allude to every aspect of life, the duality of life.

In the political world, they allude to the duality of government or the proper function of society that is in place to provide an orderly, law  abiding, free society where all are able to live life as they please as long as it doesn’t infringe on the rights of others.

From the beginning of time man has known that to have a civilized society, there must be in place not only a political leader, or(king), but a spiritual one (priestly) as well. A civilization founded only on a political base and not a spiritual base will not long survive.

This has been proven time and time again.

Look at the turmoil in Europe over the last several hundred years, every time a ruler is replaced, war and turmoil have followed. Only when there is a spiritual foundation or priestly leader, and an orderly transfer of power, can we be somewhat assured of a peaceful society.

The two pillars allude to establishment and strength, only when we establish our life in strength can we endure.

The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments are welcome