It’s decided: Oskar is going to be baptized on December 27th in Remseck.
To be honest, I am not very much in favor of baptizing an infant.
I think that a human being should make the choice whether they want to belong to a religious community when they are old enough to make an informed decision. What’s the problem to be baptized when you are 30? Nothing, really. And if you find a believe that you want to follow when you are 12, no issues with that either.
It’s not that I don’t believe in anything (I do). I’m just convinced it is much more powerful if you find your believe by yourself through own interest, through family, friends, mentors and experiences versus having it indoctrinated by others on you.
The reason why I agreed to baptize Oskar is this, however: the priest from my hometown who is actually retired now, Volkhard, offered to baptize Oskar when we are in Germany over Christmas. Now, I have always considered Volkhard an admirable person and he is probably the sole reason why I stayed with the church while living in Germany (this matters because in Germany this also has a financial implication: a church tax is deducted from your salary unless you declare you’re officially leaving the church). Having Volkhard baptize Oskar made me feel good about the whole topic. He represents a positive face of the church which I rarely have encountered later in my life and I like the thought of him being the one welcoming Oskar to a church.
Needless to say that I am delighted that Joïakine and Tatjana kindly accepted to honor us with being god mothers for Oskar – I know they will be great!