Sept 4, 2016 - The church has allowed this to happen.

In the story of Philemon and Onesimus Paul appeals "on a basis of love" to a wealthy Roman Christian who is a major sponsor of Christianity in his community to welcome and accept back a runaway slave whom Paul describes as "his [Paul's] own heart".  Paul asks this man to defy the laws, his associates, and his natural instincts and to truly live his baptismal vows.

Father Jonathan laments that the church has numbed down these vows; that baptism has become a cute thing and an excuse to get the family together; that Jesus is portrayed as a life coach who can help you accomplished your goals, keep the peace and feel good about yourself. It's much more!

Almighty and eternal God, so draw our hearts to you, so guide our minds, so fill our imaginations, so control our wills, that we may be wholly yours, utterly dedicated to you; and then use us, we pray, as you will, and always to your glory and the welfare of your people; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 

AMEN. 

(BCP 832)