Becoming a Freemason is incredibly rewarding and is something that brothers across the world are extremely grateful for. However, it doesn’t come without its challenges. As with preserving anything of historical value in the present day, Masons must make some sacrifices and are required to behave in a certain way that is conducive to the upholding of the core Masonic values. Below, we introduce four challenges that brothers must overcome, if they’re to be fully committed to Freemasonry in the present day.
1. Brothers are asked to reveal the secrets of Freemasonry
As soon as someone hears that you’re a Freemason, be prepared for them to ask you to reveal the innermost secrets of your lodge. They’re likely to prod and probe to find out some secrets that they believe to be true, and may even ask you to confirm or deny some rather sinister accusations. This is something that brothers have to get used to and would do their best to ignore to get the most out of Freemasonry.
2.Freemasonry is subjected to sensational conspiracy theories.
If you carry out a simple Google search, you will be able to read many of the sensational conspiracy theories that have been thought up regarding the fraternity. From Masonic influence in global governance, to unsavoury acts carried out by brothers within Masonic lodges, be prepared to hear a vast array of theories about what Freemasonry is. Again, the best thing you can do is ignore such speculation, and focus on furthering the core values and objectives of the Craft.
3. It takes time and effort to learn all of the Masonic symbolism.
Freemasonry isn’t easy to understand, and this is in part why it’s so valuable. It will take you time and a considerable amount of study to fully appreciate the depths of Freemasonry and to recognise and understand the many symbols that are used to deliver various messages and key teachings. While it might seem overwhelming at first, if you’re prepared to study and engage with the content that you’re taught, it will be worth the effort that you put in.
3.Brothers must regularly attend their lodge meetings to benefit from the fraternity.
When you’re invited to become a Mason, you will be required to attend the meetings at your lodge. While these are viewed as excellent opportunities to strengthen the bond between fellow brothers, they will also take up a decent amount of time in your calendar. You need to make sure you’re prepared for the commitment that’s expected of you, and be willing to actively engage in the meetings and social events put on by your lodge.
While Freemasonry presents an excellent opportunity for you to connect with like-minded people and enrich your understanding of the world, it also comes with its challenges. You need to be prepared to overcome them and set aside any misgivings you have about the Craft, to ensure you have a positive experience as a Mason.