Saturday, November 24, 2012

Civil Rights and Freemasonry

As Freemasons we have a very rich history of supporting human rights. All the way to starting our own nation. However, we didnt fully stand by what we preached. That all brothers are brothers. For the longest time we refused to allow African-Americans into the lodge as a brother. Well that of course is history but we helped pave the way for African-Americans to be more socially accepted in the nation of people for the people. We have a civic duty as Freemasons to stand up for civil rights and protect the people of this nation and the people of this world against tyranny.

Right now, we have an oppurtunity to help pave that road of equal rights for everyone once again. Politically we do not accept homosexuals and deny their right to marry. Why do we insist as a nation to deny people their God given rights. The Land of the Free because of the Brave denys human rights. Well, you may say " Brother Aaron, It is biblically illegal for homosexuals to get married therefore it isnt a God given right." Fair enough. Youre right brother. In fact, the same book that defined that law is so right we should go back to it and read it all over again and understand what you and I are doing which is illegal  according to the Bible... That book incase you dont know and you are just following the rest of the crowd is Leviticus. Or the Book of Laws.

Fellow military brothers you'll love this one. Go ahead and tell your commander that you can't shave. It is against your religion according to Leviticus 19:27 "You are not to cut off the hair at the sides of your head or mar the edge of your beard."

For all you who love this current Season ( I am one too). We can not practice pagan practices. Guess what Christmas is, The Tree, the ceremonies, everything revolves around Winter Solstice. Dont even think about Easter either. The Easter bunny is a representation of the god Eastre and so is the holiday falling around when pagans celebrated the turning of a new leaf in the world... In fact, all the holidays that we celebrate as Christians are pagan related. Lev. 18:3 "Do not follow the practices of the land of Egypt, where you used to live, or follow the practices of the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you. You must not follow their customs."

Oh and dont you dare think about cooking that ham for Christmas dinner. Lev. 11:7-8 "And the pig, because it parts the hoof and is cloven-footed but does not chew the cud, is unclean to you. You shall not eat any of their flesh, and you shall not touch their carcasses; they are unclean to you."

Of course Ill bring up the law against homosexuality. Lev. 20:13 states: "If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them." and Lev. 18:22 says: "You shall not lie with a male as a with a woman; it is an abomination."

I am glad we had this talk brother... I now realize that I should be put to death because I celebrate pagan holidays and eat pork... I also shave my face and cut my hair on the sides to a conservative look. I am with sin. But I have good news brethren... I don't have to be put to death for any of these sins according to the same Holy Book that we just were reciting we as human beings are not bound by law. Romans 6:14 "For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace."

What about this one? Romans 8:1-2 "There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death."

You see, the Bible does not condemn homosexuals for their "abomination". Yet again religion changes in order to better represent the people who follow that religion. It is a right to love who you want to love. As a Freemason I stand by civil rights, as a Soldier I stand by civil rights, as a Christian I stand by civil rights ... If Adam wants to be with Steve and Mary wants to be with Josephine who are we to stand in their way? This is America, the land of the free  and the home of the brave. We must stand up for what is right regardless of what others may think that is bravery. With that being said I would like to leave you with a Masonic quote that I found on one of my favorite blogs Midnight Freemasons be sure to check them out along with the podcast by brother Robert Johnson titled Whence Came You?

Thank you brethren, 
Bro. Aaron R. Gardner 
Flushing Lodge 223, Flushing, MI

Thank you brethren,
Bro. Aaron R. Gardner
Flushing Lodge 223, Flushing, Michigan

“Courage is doing what you are afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you are scared.”

~Eddie Rickenbacker
Kilwinning Lodge No. 297, Michigan

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