God-parents and other members of the Christian community committing to helping the new believer grow in Christ. Below are the traditional questions asked of parents and God-parents at a child’s baptism in the Anglican Church. I’d love to hear questions similar to these posed to the community as new believers are baptized in our churches:
is brought up in the Christian faith and life?
into the full stature of Christ?
In my decade in Africa, I’ve become convinced of the value of formally asking the baptismal candidate to renounce all spiritual allegiance other than Christ. I guess it only takes one person coming up from baptism screaming under demonic oppression to come to that conclusion. Time after time, we’ve seen people try to hold on to a little spiritual security on the side—amulets, rings for protection, “harmless” sacrifices to ancestors. Time after time, we’ve seen people hold on to sin and sinful attitudes, especially those that aren’t taboo in that culture. At least we’d never do that in ‘Merica (read sarcasm). We need to renounce and turn away from the evil “trinity” of the devil, the world and sinful desires in order to turn toward and follow God in Christ. I like the stark line in the sand drawn by the old confessions:
from the love of God?