“Tell me what my wedding ring and baptism have in common, and you can be Baptized.” Ronnie posing a riddle to Sweetness several years ago.
3 Years Later
“Your ring tells the world you belong to Daddy. Baptism tells the world I belong to God” Sweetness solving said riddle.
OH HELL YES….
For my friends not of the Faith, understand that you can still celebrate this day with me, without having to swear allegiance to God. I have many, many wonderful friends not of the Faith and the general thought is in order to be happy for me, one has to be Christian. They do not, for even the Bible talks about those outside the faith, celebrating with those whom were defined as the Children of God….It’s a Glorious Day, and not at all about ME….
In the Christian Faith, the sacrament of Baptism, is simply an outward sign of an inward commitment. Like my wedding band, I would still be married to Merrill if I didn’t have have one, or have it on. The band doesn’t make me married, it simply shows the world that I am Merrill’s wife and devoted completely to him. It does not mean I am a good wife, a nice wife, a wife without flaws…dig me? It simply means that if I were in public you would know I was taken. Baptism is no different. Being a Christian does not mean we are good children, nice children, nor children without flaws…it means we, like my ring, are showing the world that we belong to God. We are His Children….The sacrament does not save, it does not make us better……
This is a big deal in The Community. Not because we are some kind of exclusive club in which recruiting is frowned upon…no, we want all of you to be a part of our family…the problem is that just because of whom our Father is, many think we should be that way….no sir…I mean, we try really, really hard to be like Him….but because of our sinful nature, and the nature of the World, we are constantly struggling….As flesh and blood, like you, we struggle against many of the same temptations offered you. Some, are better at fighting off certain influences than others. For example, when I am weak, tired and stressed out, my language is a little blue….whereas I KNOW other Christians whom wouldn’t cuss for all the tea in China, but will judge a fellow sister in a second….see we all have our flaws because we are human. We are human beings living in a fallen world….just like you. We have the same hopes, fears, trials and tribulations….but together…we have prayer….maybe that’s what we have to offer you…prayer…..because being a cynic I can tell you it does work. We have prayer….Hmmmm…..another day perhaps. So, being a Christian doesn’t make us perfect, it makes us adopted….my son….will be brought into The Faith with great fanfare….he belongs to God now….but I’m going to stick around…ya know…cause I love him. He is my Son with whom I am well pleased. You don’t have to be a Christian to be happy for me….It’s a Glorious Day Friends….let us rejoice…and be glad in it. Be Blessed.
Remember you set The Tone, you ARE the Example. BE KIND to each other. Show GRACE and MERCY to all those whom cross your path today. With your Daily Affirmations complete, enjoy your Sunday…