This is related to a couple of other threads, but it’s a different question. Someone pointed out that Protestants consecrate (or dedicate) babies. I was consecrated as a baby. We know that entire countries can be consecrated. What does this practically mean?
People have to give voluntary consent to be confirmed in the Church. And Protestants have to give voluntary consent to be baptized. Obviously not every infant who is baptized goes through confirmation and not ever baby who is dedicated (consecrated) gets baptized.
So what is the practical purpose of consecration for a person or a country? Is is supposed to set up some type of relationship between the person/country and God?