I agree. For me, Baptism is about relationship – a statement of our commitment to each other and our common devotion to God. I do not see it as a prerequisite for salvation.
There’s a family story about my birth that, like a lot of family stories told and re-told over the years, is probably only tenuously true, but it’s a good story all the same. This is how it goes:
My parents had decided that if they had a girl, they would name her Janice. This was a merciful way of naming a child for my grandmother without actually saddling the child with my grandmother’s name, which was Janetta. But my mother’s labor was long and my head and shoulders were big, and her pain was great, and at a particularly difficult moment, she—who had never been particularly devoted to the Mother of Jesus—was heard to scream, “Get me out of this and I’ll name her Mary!”
But there’s another story about my birth that I cherish more than this one. It seems that when I finally did come out, I came…
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