Our family has always been devout Catholics; except for my brother who abandoned Christ’s Church to marry an evangelical fundamentalist. Now, I get this email from my brother and I need advice on how to respond.
"Wanted to let you know about the date for my daughter’s
dedication at church.
She will be dedicated to God on Sunday, April 29th
at our church at the 5 pm service.
I realize the term “Baby Dedication” might be new for
some of you, so here is a brief snippet that I think
helps explain what my wife and I intend to do:
A Baby Dedication is a ceremony in which believing
parents, and sometimes entire families, make a
commitment before the Lord to submit a child to God’s
will and to raise that child according to God’s Word
and God’s ways.
Christian parents who dedicate a child are making a
promise to the Lord to do everything within their
power to raise the child in a godly way, prayerfully
until he or she can make a decision on his or her own
to follow God. Parents who make this vow of
committment are instructed to raise the child in the
ways of God, and not according to their own ways. Some
of the responsiblities include teaching and training
the child in God’s Word, demonstrating an example of
godliness, disciplining according to God’s ways, and
praying earnestly for the child.
We would absolutely love it if any or all of you could
be there to be with us as we commit to raising our daughter
in a Godly way."