Thursday, March 29, 2012

Sin, Baptism, Baptismal Fonts and The State Of Maryland

In the legal notices today was an announcement of a change by the Maryland Department of the Environment, Water Management Administration in the "General Permit for Discharges from Swimming Pools and Spas, including Baptismal Fonts."

Baptismal Fonts - are they kidding? Of course not, actually Baptismal Fonts have been under close scrutiny by the State of Maryland for close to 30 years maybe more. Now generally when you walk into a church, not all but some, you might find a holy water font (or "stoup") attached to the wall at one or both sides of each door, or you might find a free-standing font. Some are used to dip the tips of the fingers of your right hand into the water and cross yourself while mentally contemplating the words, "In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost." Never the less, rather it is used for dipping finger tips or flicking water on babies most only hold about 50 gallons of water, Holy or otherwise. So when the water is changed is it any worst in quantity or make-up then the amount of water you use to sprinkle on your yard in a weeks time?

I am sure some churches have the full body Baptismal Fonts so they may hold 2,000 gallons of water but it is blessed water and I don't know that it has any other chemicals other than sin added to it.

Well let's think about it - Water is a symbol in baptism, and it represents many things. It represents death in that when you go under the water this is symbolic of a death to your old, sinful self. It represents life in that when you come out of the water, this is symbolic of a resurrection to new life. Water is also symbolic of birth, since, just as we are physically born when we come out of the water of the womb, we are "born again" or experience a spiritual rebirth when we come out of the waters of baptism. Water is symbolic of cleansing. Just as regular water cleanses dirt from our bodies, the water of baptism cleanses us of spiritual filth and sin. So how bad can water be that had a baby dipped in it? Well maybe the State of Maryland thinks baptismal water is full of sin and as such will pollute the Chesapeake Bay and the land. Lord knows Annapolis could use a good dipping in baptismal water and sometimes when I look over at Delmar Maryland I can only think that there is just not enough Holy water to ever clean that town of sin.

Back in the 1980's the Mormon Temple in Kensington, Maryland made a few newspaper when it renewed it's five year State of Maryland Discharge permit. At that time it was dumping about 1,000 gallons of water every two weeks and most people (except the State Of Maryland) thought it was silly for them to have to have a permit. Maybe when Mitt is elected he will change that.

This permit action is typical of governments - they go for the weak individual they figure won't fight back or organizations since organizations are made up of many people and as such the fees and expenses are shared by all so like the speed cameras fines the amount individuals have to contribute is low enough it is not worth fighting it.

The answer is too go back to River and Pond Baptisms

Delmar: Well that's it, boys. I've been redeemed. The preacher's done warshed away all my sins and transmissions. It's the straight and narrow from here on out, and heaven everlasting's my reward.
Everett: Delmar, what are you talking about? We've got bigger fish to fry.
Delmar: The preacher says all my sins is warshed away, including that Piggly Wiggly I knocked over in Yazoo.
Everett: I thought you said you was innocent of those charges?
Delmar: Well I was lyin'. And the preacher says that that sin's been warshed away too. Neither God nor man's got nothin' on me now. C'mon in boys, the water is fine

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