Josh Jambon is not just a well-established and respected businessman and entrepreneur, he is also a member of his local Freemason chapter. The Freemasons are a group that has historically been misunderstood. Though Freemasonry is a household name, many do not know the basic principles of the fraternity. For example, many are unaware that Freemasonry is not a religion or substitute for religion. However, members of the fraternity are required to believe in some kind of higher power.
While Freemasonry does require a belief in a higher power to be a member, it does not advocate any particular religious practice. The Masonic ceremonies can include prayer to seek guidance, but religion is not even allowed to be discussed at Masonic meetings. It is also important to note that Freemason lodges are open to men of any faith, so long as they do in fact believe in a higher power.
Freemasons like Josh Jambon also believe in what is called a ‘supreme being’. This means that they believe there is a single, all-encompassing God. However, they believe that people have different methods of seeking guidance from this God, and that it can appear in many forms. It is common for members of the Freemasons to refer to God as the, “Grand Architect of the Universe,”. This is done in order to prevent sectarian titles from being uses. That is because the Freemasons believe strongly in religious freedom, and that the relationship between a person and God is a private, personal, and sacred matter.
Freemasonry makes an effort to separate itself from religion, though religious beliefs are an active and open part of Masonic ceremonies. Freemasonry however, lacks basic elements of traditional religions. That is because Freemasonry does not have an established theology, or a desire to enforce a particular religious practice. Freemasonry also does not lead its members by use of sacred works, secret knowledge, or other traditional methods used by religions.
Though Freemasonry is not a religion within itself, it does have established obligations. For instance, a Freemason must be sworn in on what is called the “Volume of the Sacred Law” This oath is taken to ensure that Freemasons uphold the principles of the fraternity. The oath discusses penalties for violations, but these are symbolic punishments. The only punishment for not upholding the fraternity’s principles is the guilt and pain an honest man “should feel violating his word”. So while belief in a higher power does have a heavy influence on Masonic beliefs and practices, it should not be confused with religion and religious dogma.
Josh Jambon became a member of the Freemasons because he believed in their ideals and principles. Now he helps uphold those principles, doing philanthropic work through the fraternity to make his community a better place.