We had wonderful baptisms this Sunday at both the 7 am and 9 am services. Three little children were baptised in the midst of the church community. Their parents and godparents made declarations about their faith, which the church affirmed as also being our faith.
Yet I knew even as the services unfolded that there would be those present (or who would see the pics later on Facebook) who would look at this practice of infant baptism and think we had lost the plot. Oh, the weight of judgement!
Sadly, the issue of infant vs adult baptism has been one of the most divisive issues in the history of the Church alongside Holy Communion. Churches have repeatedly split over baptism. Ministers have left or been disciplined for not towing a particular line.
Maybe you have friends at other churches that only practice adult baptism and it has left you feeling unsettled. Maybe you’re new to a mainline church that practices infant baptism and have never considered the other side of the story. When I meet with parents ahead of a baptism I give them an article by +Colin Buchanan to read beforehand called, “A Case For Infant Baptism”. If you’re interested, I can make a copy available to you too or view the website of Grove Books. It is well worth the read.
The thing to not lose sight of is this. What really matters is not how your faith journey is initiated but that it becomes a life immersed in Christ, going ever deeper over a lifetime into the heart of God. And this takes many forms.