On Sunday we are having Ruby baptised.
Here are some reasons why
1. Because we are children of Abraham so we treat our children the way he treated his (Genesis 17).
2. Because the New Testament never retracts 2000 years of Biblical practice regarding households and the covenant sign.
3. Because the covenant sign (even the sign and seal of "justification by faith") is explicitly for children of the covenant to grow up into (Romans 4:11)
4. Because sacraments are visible words and we want to tell her God loves her.
5. Because we want to surround her with every gospel promise.
6. Because we want to raise her as a Christian.
7. Because she's not a Muslim, a pagan or a neutral. She is ours and we are Christ's.
8. Because "as for me and my *household* we will serve the LORD." (Josh 24:15)
9. Because in the Bible when households rejoice in the Lord, households are baptised. This household rejoices in the Lord.
10. Because we want to pray and worship with Ruby and foreigners to the covenant cannot do that.
11. Because we want to declare to her, to the church, the world and every principality and power that Ruby belongs to Jesus.
12. Because she belongs to Christ's body.
13. Because nothing says "Gospel" like declaring Christ's love to the powerless.
14. Because we want her personal response to Jesus to be a personal *response* to Jesus.
15. Because we think faith is so vital that we must do everything we can to elicit faith - therefore we drench her in God's promises.
16. Because to be credo-anything, the promise must come first. And baptism is a promise.
17. Because we don't so much dedicate Ruby to Jesus, He claims her for His own.
18. Because Jesus said "Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them." (Matthew 19:14)
19. Because, as regards our simple trust in Christ, we are meant to be like children, not the other way around. (Matthew 18:3)
20. Because faith does not earn gospel promises, gospel promises elicit faith.
21. Because sacraments are not our declarations to God but His to us. The arrow comes down - and it comes down to the unworthy.