What are the benefits of being a Freemason?
Today's post is directed towards those that have yet to join Masonry and are wondering what the benefits of becoming a member are.
If you are thinking of joining this Craft and you're wondering what you will get out of your membership, then this is for you.
I've compiled a small list to detail just some of the benefits of being a Freemason. This will hopefully help you see what you're getting yourself into and what to expect.
I also included a short list of what people think the benefits are but in reality, things may be different to what you've heard in the past.
Also right below you'll find a link to another post where you can learn the process of how to join a Masonic lodge, but first let's see what the benefits are...
When you join Freemasonry, you now have a network of 6 million brothers worldwide. You’re lucky to have about a dozen of those meet in the Lodge you’ll be initiated it in and they will treat you as a Brother from the first day you join.
The respect I receive from my brothers blows me away every time it is needed.
Those 6 million brothers are spread into (nearly) EVERY country on this face of this planet. Anywhere you go in the world; you can rest assured that you have a Brother somewhere close-by.
You can visit any lodge in the world and hang out with your “distant brothers”.
It’s really amazing to travel to lodges worldwide and witness how they work the Craft and their degrees. It may be slightly different from what you’re used but the love and respect will always be there.
Freemasonry has been around for hundreds of years. When you get initiated you’ll be part of this “legacy” that has a very, very long history.
You’ll be part of a fraternity that has Kings & Presidents in its ranks!
One of the most amazing things is that in every lodge; every brother is equal. There is no special treatment just because of your social status. In the lodge, all brethren are all equal.
Personally, I know millionaires that do the “servant” work of the lodge and they do it proudly knowing that they are serving a Fraternity that is way bigger than them.
It’s just amazing to see it all come together.
Freemasonry takes good men and makes them better. That is one of the main principles you’ll learn when you become a Freemason.
You'll learn how to better treat your fellow man and how to go about life fair and square with the world.
Sure you can be a better person without Freemasonry, It's just being a Freemason is one way to do it!
Once you’re part of a lodge, you have to pay your annual fees.
Most of these fees are used to cover the expenses of the lodge and to be spent on Charity. Freemasons donate millions to building children’s hospitals, help underprivileged communities, disaster reliefs, etc and much much more. See more about Masonic Charities here.
You make money from Masonry: False! As I just said: you have to pay money.
You’ll get rich: False! You can’t get rich off Freemasonry. See our post "Can Freemasonry Make You Rich" for a more detailed explanation.
You make connections to further your business: TRUE! But this can be done within any social group and community.
You’ll run the world: Totally absurd!
Now that you have learned all the benefits of being a Freemason and what you'll be able to take out of it, let's talk about what is required of you to be a member.
There will be many things for you to do, and they will all be explained to you before your initiation so you know exactly what is expected off you, but do not worry; it mostly involves being a man with a strong moral compass.
Of course, I can't reveal too much information here, but trust me; Freemasonry is worth the journey.
If you are interested in joining Freemasonry, you can see two great guides we have on our website:
The points listed above have been what I think are some of the major benefits of Freemasonry. I am a relatively new Mason (5 years-in now) and I am sure that throughout the years ahead I'm going to find out much more.
If you're a freemason already and feel I missed out on an important benefit, please do let us know in the comments below.
We'd love to hear some feedback from Masons across the world on what exactly is the point of Freemasonry and why they have become Masons themselves.
Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed your time here!