Freemasonry: What's the Deal?
I am participating in a study group at church that deals with the topic of discipleship, specifically from the point of view of the United Methodist Church.
At our last meeting, we got talking about what the church is doing for young people to keep them active in church. I was surprised when one of the members of the group began to complain about how no young girls seemed to be interested in Job's Daughters, like she was when she was young. (I had never heard of Job's Daughters, but apparently it's some sort of Masonic organization for young women.) She then said that there's a Masonic Temple right down the street from our church, and she wished they would do more of the things she got to do when she was young; she also talked about how all her family were active Masons, etc. I really found this bizarre, as I have always thought of Freemasonry and Christianity as being incompatible; yet, here was a woman who is a very active member of our church, extolling the virtues of Masons. I don't get it. Although I'm very familiar with the more heterodox sects of Christianity, such as Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses, I really know next to nothing about Freemasonry.
The thing was, everyone in the group just seemed to nod and smile as the woman talked about the Masons, and no one seemed to think it was odd at all. For a few minutes, I felt as if I had wandered into some bizarre alternate universe! Then we went on with our discussion about the church and discipleship. I keep thinking about this, though, and it bugs me. The little bit of reading I have done about Freemasonry seems to me to be completely incompatible with Christianity. Any masons reading who believe differently? I'd love to hear from you.