Perhaps no institution, except the church, has contributed more to good citizenship than Freemasonry. The Ritual of all the degrees, the ethical instructions given, and all the fundamental principles of the Order are inducive to the highest ideals of civilization. Democratic principles, good government, civic liberty, freedom of conscience, individual rights and responsibilities in civic affairs are championed by Masons. Loyalty to one's government, faithfulness in all the duties of citizenship, and active support of public institutions are required of all Masons. ( Nehemiah 2:3 - Proverbs 14:34 29:4,14 - Romans 13:1,6 - Peter 2:13 )

Biblical References

Nehemiah 2:3

And said unto the king, Let the king live for ever: why should not my countenance be sad, when the city, the place of my fathers' sepulchres, lieth waste, and the gates thereof are consumed with fire?

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Proverbs 14:34

Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.

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Proverbs 29:4,14

4 The king by judgment establisheth the land: but he that receiveth gifts overthroweth it.
4 The king that faithfully judgeth the poor, his throne shall be established for ever.

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Romans 13:1,6

1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
6 For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.

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