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Why Celebrate a Baptism

July 5, 2013

My wife and I are sports fans – avid sports fans. You can hear us correcting referees or umpires when they make a bad call or miss an important call. We will call plays, rather loudly, from the couch. We celebrate every score. One time, we were giving each other high-fives over a Dallas Mavs victory so hard that my wife dislocated her shoulder and we ended up at the ER for a doc to fix it. Just a few days ago we spent our anniversary at the Texas Rangers ballgame. We are rabid sports fans. And we voice it!

Here is the problem: Why do we not celebrate baptisms like we celebrate our favorite sports teams? I have been at churches where I think my wife’s shoulder is in no danger of being injured by high-fives. No cheering or hollering, just polite clapping. It is taken as a thing of routine. That is not only sad, but it shows we are missing something.

The baptism is a public acknowledgement of surrendering to Jesus as your King and Savior; it is dying to oneself and rising in a new life to walk with Christ. It is so much more than any victory or score in sports. It is a life changing event. Why are we not cheering and celebrating?

Consider this: In some countries you can be put to death for becoming a Christian. To be baptized in those countries is to accept the fact you have possibly signed your own death warrant. People have been beaten, shot, imprisoned, and burned for changing their faith to follow Jesus. And we are afraid of being undignified by celebrating a baptism here in our churches?

Celebrate baptisms! Get excited and throw your shoulder out celebrating! Be overcome with joy and celebration at this public event that acknowledges the miracle of a new life in Christ!

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