Should all men be allowed to become Masons…?
I’ve been thinking about this for quite a while as there seems to be a continued vocalisation for the need of more “quality” members in our Fraternity. As a professional who over the course of my last 8 years have advised small businesses and enterprise organisations about their recruitment and retention strategies, this need for “quality” members always baffles me.
When taking a job order from one of my clients or stakeholders, I always ask what are their mandatory requirements. As a Freemason, our prerequisites are the following.
- You must be a Male and at least 18 years of age.
- You must not have a criminal record.
- You must believe in God or a Supreme Being of sorts (God, Allah, Buddah, etc)
Now, I’m no rocket scientist, but these requirements mean that any Man who approaches a Lodge, with interest in joining the Fraternity and meets the requirements, has a pretty good shot at being Initiated.
Initiated Brethren need to understand that just as they have approached our Fraternity, so do, so have and so will continue the interest of many other men looking to be a part of something bigger. Who are we, as Brothers, being brought from the dark to the light, to refuse?
As a Brother and member of your respective Lodge, you have the ability to voice your concern about the “culture fit” of a prospective candidate to your Lodge… However, isn’t this reason a contradiction of what Freemasonry’s core focus is?
My position in this instance has always been to look at the situation outside in, from the candidates perspective. He is knocking on the metaphorical door of Freemasonry, by knocking on your physical door by means of website, social media, blog or by introduction of another Brother. He may have knocked on your door by accident, but he is looking for your Brother. Shouldn’t we help him find what he is looking for?