Baptism can serve as a guide for our own convictions. In the life of baptism, we are asked the following: Are we living among God’s faithful people? Are we hearing the word of God and sharing in the Lord’s supper? Are we proclaiming the good news of God in Christ through word and deed? Are we serving all people, following the example of Jesus? Are we striving for justice and peace in all the earth?
We can examine our lives and our current values alongside both the convictions of those who have helped shape us and our baptismal promises.
Our convictions, our core values, represent our faith. They are our faith. The ways in which we use our voices, our money, our time, and our talents say something about the God in whom we place our trust. Standing for our faith can sometimes feel very risky and uncomfortable. Claimed in the waters of baptism we remember that are loved by the One who stood for us.
This message is excerpted from the September 1, 2020, Cafe Faith Reflection “Faith in Action” by Emily K. Hartner. Today we commemorate the Holy Innocents, martyrs.
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