Don't Shake a Baby

Kyle Reed // @kylereed

You might be wondering where I am going with this type of a title. Well, let me just warn you now, I am in a mood of abstraction and bordem. Today in my class we talked about childrens ministry. An interesting stat was brought up, 77% of Christians say that they were baptized under the age of 12. Have we seen the repracutions of this stat? Because so many kids were baptized so young, has the Church produced shaken babies. Let me explain. Today more and more Christians are become in-mature in their faith, meaning that they are interpreting things for themselves and not for what the Bible says. Also, they continue to be fake with themselves and potray one “look” on Sundays and another throughout the week. I know that these arguments have been argued before and they are very basic so I am not even going to go into them. Like I said above I am in a certain mood where I am bored and start to think about things that really could be a stretch. But, back to what I was saying, today I think that because kids are being baptized at a younger age and the fact that most don’t even understand what they are doing is this effecting the kind of leaders that we are bringing up. Today I have seen some of the most selfish and inconsiderate people, I am included in this, that I have ever seen, and this was the last place I would expect to see them. I would think that the future leaders of the Church would be ready to take on the challenge. But this is a whole nother topic that can be discussed later.

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Kyle Reed

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I create websites, conversations, and ideas. Advocate for the 20 somethings. Looking to connect everyone to a mentor. Married to my best friend, Ginny. I like my coffee black and my dog Jack. I currently live in Nashville and work at Sony Music/Provident in Nashville
  • tush

    As long as everyone does things my way, I am alright with trying to rid selfishness out of church leadership.

  • Kyle

    That is the exact approach that we need to follow.

  • Andrew Stout

    Kyle, I would agree with you, we definetly need a better understanding of what baptism is and how it affects the Christian life. I think the problem is not so much that kids are being baptised at younger age, but that baptism is seen simply as our act of commitment to God. If this is our position, then we can constantly question whether or not it was done correctly or with the right attitude. I think that if we will begin to see baptism more as God’s impartation of grace to us in the cleansing of sin, and less as something that we do for God (although there definetly is a strong element of public decleration)many of the problems that surround baptism will begin to disappear. We will begin to see baptism as an assurance of God’s work in our life and his grace to us and this will produce a greater confidence and trust in him.

  • Adam

    Yep that is the main battle with youth ministry. What is worse is when the parents suck and they undo everything you have been teaching.

    Oh and selfish, ignorance, whatever is something learned. And you may not like this but college students are among the most selfish, that is the beuty of relationships at college.

  • Kyle

    That is funny that you said that Adam, because that is something that I am facing right now. I am having a hard time dealing with the selfishness. Sometimes I think I either should look at for me and only me and other times I don’t want to be selfish and look out for others. The frustrating thing is, when I look out for others I am the only one doing it and no one is looking out for me.

    Maybe that is another blog to write about.

  • tyler

    hey Kyle, i was just thinking the other day about how we baptize kids at a very young age. What could they possibly know about sacrifice, sin, consequence? Obeying God to them is…don’t hit your sister and tell your mommy the truth. But is spiritual maturity really determined (or effected) by the date of your baptism? If we are immature, it isn’t because of when we baptize, but when we really begin to teach/train/mentor. Programming for kids/students nowadays is really more entertaining than instructing or training. We put more time and effort into a superb 1hr rock show than we do in discipleship. I think we are not teaching students how to read the bible and most preachers aren’t a shining example of good bible study (apparent in their sermons). Yes, i think we baptize some ppl to early, but we are dropping the ball on community and discipleship…and that’s why there are so many immature Christians.

  • Kyle

    I totally agree. One thing that I think effects that is like you said no one is ever taught. I think one of those reasons is, is because once they are baptized they are left alone and no one invest in them.