Letter of the month: January 2001
Date: Sun, 28 Jan 2001 11:17:55 CST
From: "dewitt c. rowlett" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
As I continue to research the pros and cons of masonry I find one of
the main objections from my "church friends" is the reference to the
chief character in the lodge as "worshipful master" which I must admit
rings a sour note.
Does this not imply that this person is worthy of being worshipped? I
understand from conversations with my 32nd degree (now deceased) father
that he is not worshipped, but can you explain if it only means
"honorable" why that word"honorable" is not used instead to eliminate
this objection from various churches?
--- incidently my fathers name was Andrew Rowlett- Thornburge lodge
(not sure of spelling) Alicia Arkansas
To: "dewitt c. rowlett"
Subject: Re: freemasonry
Date: Sun, 28 Jan 2001 12:39:21 -0500
Of course it doesn't mean 'one who is worshipped' and no one in
Masonry thinks it does. Honi sois qui mal e pense!
It does mean one who is held in honor, and considered as
honorable, and we use the word we do because it's an old English word
that means exactly what it means. In fact, the word implies that
someone is worthy of honor and respect because he himself worships or is
full of worship, in other words, someone who is respected because of the
strength of his faith in and reliance on Deity.
Anyone who objects to that shows their own ignorance of word origins,
and their willingness to fiddle with what they think is the mote in
someone else's eye.
Some advice: Don't choose the words YOU use on the basis of the
prejudices of those who dislike you, Mr. Rowlett. It's no way to live.
"Various churches" don't object, only a very few that are already
looking for a reason to object.
If they didn't have that word to complain about, they would find
something else. They always have. They always will.
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