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Views on baptism seem to be all over the map today. This is unfortunate because God intended baptism to be so much more than a point of contention. The quote below was shared after the recording stopped, so I placed it here so you be blessed by reading it. “…Baptism is the public rite of initiation into the church…it is a form of resocialization and enculturation into the standards of the kingdom of God rather than the world. In particular, the familial metaphors in the New Testament speak of baptism in a manner analogous to admission into a family… Romans 6; 8:15-17; and Galatians 3:26-4:6… Paul reminds believers that “they have a new identity because they have been baptized into Christ and adopted as brothers and sisters. When children are adopted they take on new parents, new siblings, new names, new inheritances – in short, a new culture.”… Not only are the baptized persons initiated into a new local community, they are brought into the communion of saints present and past. They are brought into an amazing extended family. Their new culture is the church. Understood this way, baptism is a political act that threatens the surrounding culture because Christians have publicly declared an allegiance to a God other than the biological family or the state… baptism can still be a form of subversive political action, particularly when the church is seen as alternative culture. In such a view, “when we recognize that ‘the people of God do not go to church; they are the church,’ Vincent Bacote, “Church as a Lifestyle: Distinctive or Typical?” in This Side of Heaven: Race, Ethnicity, and Christian Faith, ed. Robert J. Priest and Alvaro L. Nieves (New York: Oxford University Press, 2007), 202. What might happen if we dropped the debates and sought to apply the thoughts from the quotes to our lives?
Baptism. It seems to be an issue that simply will not go away. While some love to debate about it (its importance or lack there of), others shy away from it. Yet is a gift God has given to The Church intended to be divisive - or avoided? What can we learn about baptism?
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