A Jagged Contention: Neglecting Baptism

“What are we to say to the fact that most people are still willing, even eager, to have their infants baptized, but are reluctant to let the church have any more to do with them? Could it be, perhaps, that baptism is about the only gospel left in the church the only place left where the church is more or less forced by its own agenda to do what it ought? At any rate, the church would do well first of all to look at itself in these matters before it settles the blame for the sorry state of affairs in baptismal theology and practice on someone else. For a church that has largely neglected or failed in the nurturing task now to think to remedy people’s ignorance of the sacraments by taking them away would certainly be rather cynical.”

-Gerhard Forde, “Something to Believe: A Theological Perspective on Infant Baptism” in The Preached God: Proclamation of Word and Sacrament. Pg. 144



Engage Forde’s questions. Why would people want their children baptized and then be reluctant to continue on at church?