Excuse me if I become unclear while typing this. I have a lot of questions bouncing around in my head right now, and they all seem to be wound loosely together – which is just making everything more tangled.
Parenting is such a curious topic for me. How we view our children comes out in what we expect from them, how we educate them, and how we treat them. The typical Christian parent wants to raise their children to be Christian adults, that’s not the question. The question is, what are we actually raising our children as right now?
Are we raising them as Christians? To be Christians? To hopefully someday be Christians?
Is our child’s Christianity an assumption, an expectation, or just a hope?
Are we raising our children as if Christianity is an option, just praying they’ll stay on the right side of the fence?
After an eye opening conversation with some good friends of our ours a few weeks ago I really got to thinking. How are my husband and I raising our children here in this house?
The answer was easy after a little thought. We’re raising our children as though Christian is who they are. Not what they will be, or what we hope they will be.
I’ve never even thought of saying, “Mommy and Daddy are Christians and someday you will be too!”
What we might say would sound more like, “Yes, we’re a Christian family. And that means we….”
But this new line of thinking has brought to the forefront the question of Baptism.
What is Baptism? Why Baptise? When to Baptise?
When God came to Abraham he told him to not only circumcise himself, but all boys 8 days or older, and everybody in his household. It was a covenant between God and His people. Genesis 17:10-14
Unless the 8 day old babies in Abraham’s house were much further advanced than our 8 days old babies are now, which is a ridiculous thought, this meant that babies, through no choice of their own, were to be circumcised in this bloody ritual as a sign of membership in the covenant community.
Now that Baptism is the sign of membership in the covenant community (also a bloody ritual of sorts, I might add), I’m curious to what changed the ‘when’ of it all.
And if we’re raising our children as today Christians, as though they have been elected already, not maybe-someday Christians, as though they might someday be elected, how does that fit in with our current credo-baptism practices?
And if I’m wrong does that mean a person isn’t elected until they choose to be elected? And if that’s case, how can they really be elected? Isn’t the idea of choosing to be elected a contradiction?
Sometimes somebody says something to you. It could be just a couple of sentences, but it totally changes the way you’ve been thinking.
This whole Baptism thing has created new questions for me, but has actually cleared up a number of other questions I’ve had about election and God’s sovereignty.
It’s given me something new to ponder. And that’s always good.