The debate here isn’t: is the above action a valid baptism? [Though that might very well be a worthwhile discussion.]

My question, watching the video, is when does making something more contemporary tip over into mockery of the mystery? And, when I keep thinking that through, it’s not actually the contemporariness that is the issue. Super-traditional, with over-fussy obsessions about how to hold one’s fingers, and fixation on vesture, posture, movement – that can end up mocking the mystery also, it seems to me.

…that is not to say that one cannot laugh in the midst of seriousness… or that God does not have a sense of humour about even the most profound things… or that we cannot bring a lightness to what is most deep…

And then there are the Christian leaders who exploite their authority – fleecing their flock for every dollar they can get… or abusing them… or those who use faith, religion, spirituality for political benefit,… and so on…

Money, sex, violence, power,…

Mystery… mockery…

What do you think?

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