Freemasonry in Barbados seems to be thriving all over the land. (Please note that I am ignorant of the craft of freemasonry, but I'm sharing my limited thoughts on what is blaringly apparent).
The Masonic Lodge in Barbados has recently built a high end Masonic lodge in St. George, which has the appearance of the White House in Washington D.C.
No longer is the lodge in Barbados in unmarked buildings, but are flaunting their intersecting symbols high above us, in the St. George valley for all to see.
Once before one would only come to the realization of a lodge if someone informed you in probably hushed tones, because of fear, "tha isa lodge".
This is no longer the case here in Barbados, the symbols of the compass and the square are high on the building for all to see.
Many members of these organisations are wearing the watches, rings, chains, and on every road in Barbados is a vehicle flashing the symbols.
Even the city has an obelisk, and the eight step path to enlightenment being faced by the Lord Admiral Nelson himself, who is touted in some areas of the internet as having been a mason. So the discussions will continue here in Barbados every year, as to whether this statue will be moved but is highly unlikely.
A few years ago I attended a lecture at the Grand Salle of the Central Bank, where the Masonic Lodge in Barbados was invited to speak on the 375 years of the city of Bridgetown (i believe it was - Beyond the Bridge: A Series of Lectures to Commemorate the 375th anniversary of Bridgetown). There I came to the realization that the lodge has penetrated many families at all levels of society.
This was not said, but one can tell from the members of the audience who attended, that they were probably members because of the response the lecturer got from them, on statements which flew right over my head.
Many are joining these fraternities in order to harness "wisdom" and power (influential I hope), and are being mislead. There is no such thing as something for nothing, and as wise people always say, there is no such thing as a free meal.
Persons joining these organisations are not only putting themselves in danger when they become members, but are also putting their families in danger due to the god(s) they serve in these organisations.
As the God I serve is not one of secrets, because he is willing to embrace all mankind with no strings attached. I know the god(s) of the Masonic lodge, is not that same God.
To those who are contemplating joining, and I have had some friends who told me blatantly they were going to join, and I tried to convince them otherwise, going on the simple premise that an organisation which has a secret which no one would dare reveal for thousands of years, is not an organisation to be a part of no matter how much gold and silver it can offer, because as King Solomon himself declared, seeking these things is all vanity.
Ecc 2:11 Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun.
What is needed in Barbados is for the Church which has a more solid foundation in Jesus Christ, to take a leaf out of the book of the masons, and be proud of themselves, and to show the world that we are the true light which is in this world, but not of this world.