May 2, 2022

Acts 2:39 “The promise is targeted to you and your children, but also to all who are far away—whomever, in fact, our Master God invites.” (The Message Bible)

Some Christian traditions baptize babies. Why is that? Babies can’t make a profession of faith. They can’t ask to be baptized. They don’t have proper theology. One of the verses, among others, that churches that baptize babies often point to is the one above. In it we see that God makes promises and that these promises extend to children. Infant baptism is not magic. It does not depend on “doing it right” or the power of the one placing the water. It has to do with the promise of God to “whomever, in fact, our God invites.” There is mystery here, as there is in much of life. We can’t always see how God is being faithful but we can trust that God is. Even an infant instinctively knows how to trust. So did the first believers after Pentecost. What about you?


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