Who is really committed to reason?
On the internet I stumbled across a de-baptism certificate. Surrounded by the filigree and fancy scroll-work and set in the medieval font of diplomas, it reads:
Renunciation of Religion
This certifies that _______________________ has publicly renounced
A few quick observations:
1) This document seems intended to clinch the nail before this person slips back into religion. This certificate seeks to ward off whatever magical power religion might still have some over this dried-off baptizee.
2) Making such a renunciation would indeed render your baptism useless to you. You would have experienced the blessing of salvation and then thrown it away (see 2 Peter 2:20-22; Heb. 6:4-6; 10:25-31; Gal. 5:3-4).
3) This document assumes an opposition between faith and reason. The Bible teaches the opposite. It is the fool who says in his heart, "There is no God" (Ps. 14:1; 53:1). When people turn their backs on God, they do not thereby become more reasonable; their foolish hearts are darkened (Rom. 1:21-22). Willfully shutting their eyes to the spiritual side of reality, they try to convince themselves that the physical part is all the reality there is (1 Cor. 2:14-15).
4) This clearly demonstrates a growing antagonism between non-Christians and us. We must speak up for Christ, boldly and clearly, proving by our witness and our lives that being a Christian is not anti-intellectual. Christ challenges us, after all, to love God not only with all our heart, soul, and strength, but also with all our mind (Mark 12:30).