It should be remembered that the Order has a world-wide membership. The structure which is Orangeism has its basis in the coming together of men of goodwill who are determined to use what power and influence they can muster to ensure that civil and religious liberty is maintained.
Members of the Orange Institution are pledged to uphold the Protestant faith and liberty under the law. They are neither bigots nor extremists. Standing for tolerance and compassion towards all they also stand for the underlying principle of the Christian faith and the dignity and rights of the individual.
The Orange Order is fundamentally a Christian organisation. The Institution stands in the Reformed tradition as the various statements contained in the "Qualifications" illustrate:-
- LOVE OF GOD - "a sincere love and veneration for his Heavenly Father. He should never take the name of God in vain".
- FAITH IN CHRIST - "steadfast faith in Jesus Christ, the Saviour of mankind".
- AUTHORITY OF SCRIPTURE - "he should honour and diligently study the Holy Scriptures and make them the rule of his faith and practice".
We are committed to the cause of Civil and Religious Liberty for all. It is our desire to live at peace with all men and to ensure that all men have peace in which to live.
The Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland believes it is vital
- that civil and religious liberty is maintained in Ulster, that the Christian faith, Reformed and Protestant, will be preached and taught here.
- that the British connection is maintained as it offers the best means of ensuring civil and religious liberty for all the people of Northern Ireland.
- that every effort is made to make our country happy, prosperous and outward looking, a good place for everyone who lives there.
- that the Protestant religion must be a self-propagating faith whilst not denying the same rights to other religious persuasions.
Our members have always sought to play a positive role in their country. We have had Leaders in Political Life as well as in Finance, Industry and Education and we have had hundreds of thousands of ordinary people who living out their faith and principles have made their local community, their country and indeed the world a better place.
The Orange Institution was the original provider of the community hall or leisure centre and Orange Halls continue to play a central role in the life of the community.
We are at the forefront of preserving and promoting the unique culture of our people.