My –yr old showed interest in being baptized but I’ve been putting it off thinking he isn’t ready. How do you know when a child can make such an important decision? Thank you for your help with this!
~ A Concerned Parent
Dear Concerned Parent,
Generally I judge this by whether or not the child grasps the concept of sin and what it does to our relationship with God. If they understand how sin separates us from God and therefore we are no longer in a relationship with Him, then they can understand the concept of Grace and Forgiveness and what God’s done to fix this problem. If a child understands the basics of salvation, then all they need to know about Baptism is that it’s a time of “show and tell”. It’s a time when we can demonstrate what God has done in our life (His salvation through Jesus Christ). Most parents want to wait until their child “fully understands” the symbolism…and the “weight” of this moment. When generally, whether or not their baptism moment is significant in their life has more to do with how their parents follow it up in the days, weeks, and years to come. It’s for this reason; I encourage parents to celebrate this moment as they would a sweet 16, a graduation, or some other “BIG EVENT” in their child’s life.