Baptism has many meanings in a society that has a Christian heritage but not necessarily a Christian development. By that, I mean that for some, baptism is a social custom, instead of a sacrament of faith. For some, baptism is an expected rite/right instead of an act of faith whereby we present ourselves, and our children, to God in faith, mindful of God’s promise to forgive and redeem us.
God makes promises – but until we believe those promises, they don’t mean much. That’s where our faith comes in.