Recently I’ve been in conversations with friends of mine who belong to the same organization I do. While our club isn’t at all associated with Freemasonry, many members are also Masons. I’ve been casually asked twice now if I would be interested in becoming one, and my stock response is, “My membership in another organization precludes my membership in yours.” Thankfully I haven’t been pressed for more details, but I’m anticipating the day when someone isn’t satisfied with that answer.
In the spirt of evangelization, I would never want to belittle anyone’s life, even if what they’re doing is explicitly wrong (you catch more flies with honey, etc). What I wonder is if anyone here has experience with gently declining these invitations without necessarily getting into a history lesson about the Enlightenment and the French Revolution. I’m just looking for a simply an effective way to both decline the invitation in a way that is both clear and effective but also not overly aggressive or confrontational. Agree to disagree, in other words.
Thank you for your responses, and before you do, please understand I’m neither ignorant nor conflicted with the view of the Church on the subject of Freemasonry. Rather I’m looking for a lesson in etiquette.