As I was leaving church this morning, after having been baptized, one of the many church members offering congratulations, offered some sage words of advice…”you know the devil is really going to get busy now that you are baptized..”
If she could only know how true those words would be or how soon that would manifest.
Getting in the car with my mother on the way back to the house, she noticed the gift bag that is given to those who have been baptized and asked what it was. I told her and apparently it didn’t register right away. Maybe five minutes later she realized that I told her that I had been baptized and she became MORTALLY offended. According to her beliefs there is only ONE baptism. Since I had been christened/baptized as an infant i was NOT supposed to get baptized again according to her. She then inquired if I told the people at the church about my being baptized as an infant. When I indicated that I had told them, she switched gears and sniffed ” no church or pastor in their right mind would baptize someone who was already baptized.”
A good five minutes were spent stating unequivocally that there is no such thing as being baptized more than once, that no pastor who actually knows what is right and wrong would allow such a thing, etc. Which is her way of dismissing the entire church out of hand. They have now been relegated to crackpot status in her mind and my baptism which i was so looking forward to since I came down here to relocate winds up being a bittersweet affair.
I guess this is why I didn’t make a big deal out of saying anything beforehand. Honestly I felt like this was something between me and God. I personally felt like it was a personal symbolic re-dedication of my life to Christ. Which I didn’t see anything wrong with – until the Doctrine police(my mother) got involved.
This is a part of a bigger problem. The longer I stay at my mother’s place the worse it is liable to get. My mother is extremely controlling and unfortunately has a mean streak and can throw some words that will cut better than a ginsu knife.
While personally celebrating my new commitment to Christ, I will also be praying for deliverance from this situation. While it may be a good idea for me to be in the same state closer by, it is certainly a bad idea for me to be sharing living space with someone who can be harshly insulting and very controlling.
Just goes to show you – no one said it was going to be easy, not even living a new life in Christ…Didn’t even get a chance to get back to the house before the devil started getting into the mix….
For those of you who think I might be overreacting, and overstating my mother’s response. Just last week, I was accused of coming down here to south Carolina to purposely “embarass” my mother…that I would walk away from a good job, my own place where i could come and go as I pleased and pack up all my things and place them in storage – JUST so I could come down here to personally humiliate this woman….
Been praying for deliverance all the way home….won’t stop and can’t stop till im out of here…and out of this..