A friend from work pointed out an article on Fox News that talked of atheists using a hair dryer to “de-baptize” his fellow atheists. You can read the article here.
What I found interesting is this quote from Edwin Kagin, the one brandishing the hair dryer:
“I was baptized Catholic. I don’t remember any of it at all,” said 24-year-old Cambridge Boxterman. “According to my mother, I screamed like a banshee … so you can see that even as a young child I didn’t want to be baptized. It’s not fair. I was born atheist, and they were forcing me to become Catholic.”
What I found interesting is the last sentence. Even though he doesn’t remember any of it at all, Baptism made him a Christian according to his words. And that is in fact what Baptism does. It creates a new man through water and the Word. Kicking and screaming, we are brought into a new life, once dead we are now made alive through the working of the Spirit. It is only as he grew to adulthood that he rejected the grace he once received in Baptism.
Ironically, his son is evidently a pastor who is a protestant pastor who received “a personal revelation in Jesus Christ.”
My dad has always said that he loves it when an infant cries out when they are baptized. “It symbolizes how Satan leaves the child kicking and screaming as the Holy Spirit enters in.”