Tuesday, January 12, 2010
One of the comments that I received recently called on me to to "remove the mote from my own eye."
This refers to a passage from the Bible, (Matthew, Chapter 7) in which Jesus says:
"And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?"
I prefer the New International Version translation:
"Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?"
It was not my intention to infer that I am without fault. In fact, I doubt that many of us can truly say that we are living up to our standards of Masonic behavior.
There is a difference however to making mistakes and changing course, and knowingly perpetuating falsehoods and deceptions.
If someone, through their actions, has demonstrated time and again that their word does not amount to much, and that they will always take the expedient course in pursuit of their goals, how then do we consider that person to be part of the Masonic community?
Talk is cheap. So is how long someone has been recognized as being a Mason. I have seen a lot of un-masonic behavior recently. It saddens me. If my behavior has caused a brother or sister to question their involvement in Freemasonry, then I sincerely apologize.
I will continue to seek Masonic light, to the best of my ability, and let those that pretend to be Masons follow their own paths.
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to discover what the ethics and values of Freemasonry are.
It also doesn't take a rocket scientist to distinguish between those who try to live by those values, and those that don't.