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Splash and Second Thoughts

Someone passed along to me a YouTube video of a baptismal moment that made America’s Funniest Home Videos. I got a big smile out of it and passed it along to a few friends.

But then, I started second guessing the kick I got out of it. On one hand, I find myself thinking, “Oh go ahead, laugh! Don’t saddle the little guy with the burden of grown-up inhibitions. He obviously doesn’t take himself too seriously. So don’t you do it either. The people who were there in church that day won’t ever forget that service. Who knows, maybe he’s just uninhibited enough to think, ‘Hey, isn’t our confession of faith something to celebrate and laugh about? Didn’t Jesus say there is joy in heaven when someone comes to faith (Luke 15:7)?'”

But then, I say, “Yeh, but what was he thinking? Did he have a clue about what baptism really means? It’s one thing to whoop and holler for joy of sins forgiven– for a life that will never end. It’s another to make light of the public declaration… Who knows, maybe his brother was back there and pushed him… Oh… I really don’t know…

Except for this. Maybe what I don’t know about “Splash” is a good chance to think again about what I was thinking on the day I publicly confessed Christ as my Savior? Did I have a clue of what a momentous event I was declaring by my baptism? And what am I thinking now about the inexpressible wonder that I confessed that day. How overjoyed am I about what baptism illustrates– being washed by Christ from the guilt of my sin– all of it– the worst of it– not by my own merits– but by trusting the One who died, was buried, and resurrected in my behalf!!!

Now I’ve got a smile on my face. Yeh, I really do…

Hey, what about you? Can we enjoy the moment together?!


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4 Responses to “Splash and Second Thoughts”

  1. Gale L. Jarvis says:

    Good Morning everyone, Mart i believe there is not enough time spent with a person before their baptism.
    i know too many people that believe Baptism must be a part of God’s plan for salvation, and is hard for them to believe any different, and many will not except the security we have in Christ because of this teaching.
    i know this is a very contravercial subject, but i believe so many that do not believe in the security we have in Christ, are missing the peace God offers, that passes all understanding.
    i also know that this teaching is abused by many, many people, that believe because they believe they are saved, they not only can live as they desire and live a life that causes many others to go Satans way, because if the way this person is living is God’s way, they want no part of it.
    Forgive me for not expressing my joy at my baptism, but i believe i was like many as you mentioned, because at that time inwhich was many years ago, i did not really know what it was all about, thereby it was several years later that the Holy Spirit convinced me that my baptism was just my confessing to others, the Holy Spirit was inside me because i had believed what God the Creator had done through Jesus and i had excepted Jesus as my God as well as my Savior.

  • newchristian9202005 says:

    I too thought at first that it was funny. But then I thought it was making light of the profession that a baptism is meant for. I thought, I doubt that anyone dove into the Jordan when John the Baptist was administering baptisms.
    It also made me think back to the day my wife and I were baptized. we were both very new Christians. I was all gung ho, saying I was going to frofess my favorite verse (Psalm 121). Then when I looked out and saw the people, I became tight lipped, only agreeing to the questions the pastor was asking me. It was a true life experience God gave me to make me realize that I shouldn’t get too big for my britches.
    We look back on it and smile. It was truly a wonderful exillerating experience.