Thursday, July 06, 2006

You've Been Baptized

So, I've been ordained for a while now. I still need to file my paperwork with the county (I know, I'm lazy), but I've been pondering whether I should worry about performing rites of other sorts. I've come to a conclusion. As my first act, I've decided that baptism, by me, is not voluntary on the part of those baptized, but rather a consequence of being in any sort of liquid with me or sharing any sort of liquid with me. Like what, you might ask? I offer some examples:

1.) If you have been on a slip and slide or at a Wisconsin waterpark at the same time as me, you are baptized. Conner, this means you. Cookie Queen - some of the water splashed from the slip and slide hose feed onto you when I stepped on it - you too are baptized.

2.) If you share beer with me, particularly a pitcher. Dan'l, Kyle, Adam - this obviously includes you. Erik, it probably means at some point, if you don't fall under a point below, you too will be baptized.

3.) If you partake of any food stuffs I make that include any liquid, you are baptized. This will probably include everyone at Tall Brad's Chilifest, particularly if you vote me (and Pooteewheet) into third place for like the fourth year in a row.

4.) If you were in Schultz (e?) Lake on any one of the several days I was there and immersed, including the one where I locked myself out of my car. Yes...you were baptized by an idiot that day. Welcome to the faith.

5.) Chris Sells, Microsoft guy. I had a drink of your berry soda to see what it tasted like. You are baptized. Your mother and stepfather both gave me a beer - they are also baptized.

6.) Anyone who drinks coffee from the coffee dispenser in the c-building at work at any time. How can this be if I'm not there? I am at that coffee dispenser so often that the times between cups don't suffice to interrupt my holy, exalted presence - if you are at that particular coffee machine, you are basking in my coffeeness and you are baptized. Erik, please note that this supersedes item #2.

7.) If I've ever spit on you, you are retroactively baptized as that's a whole lot of holiness. I think that Chris (#5) is the only one that applies to, but he triple dog dared me while I had a mouth full of water and was a stupid eighteen year old, so it's his own fault.

8.) If my tongue has ever touched your body - this obviously involves liquid and you are baptized. Some of you more so than others. This is spit, so like #7, we'll retroactively apply it.

9.) Note that licking your arm is my tongue touching your body, so Christy, you're baptized.

10.) If you use my parents' cabin, I've been in the water in the foundation so much that it permeates the whole structure. You too are baptized.

11.) I think my dentist and oral hygienist are unbaptized - they wear latex gloves. This is very unrighteous of them, but it would be gross otherwise, so good choice.

12.) Farting may be part solid, part gas, part liquid. The church is undecided about whether I can qualify this as baptism.

13.) If I've ever worked with a plumbing system that involves you. This includes all of our renters.

14.) If you've looked at any picture I've posted to my blog involving water, you're on dangerous ground. You'll have to decide for yourself whether it counts, but if you had to think about it, it's likely you're baptized.

I'm sure I'll think of some other appropriate situations, but for now 80% or so of you who have come in contact with me in the last year can consider yourselves baptized members. I like to think of myself as the Typhoid Mary of Faith. You don't have to agree with any of the planks of the faith, we're fully inclusive of schismatics, heretics and nonbelievers. Even if you don't believe in us, we believe in you. Peace.

8 comments:

klund said...

How do you feel about heretical nonbelieving schismatics?

Scooter said...

If you choose to disbelieve the world is on the back of a large elephant rather than a large tortise, you're free to start your own branch.

klund said...

There are four elephants, and they are on top of the turtle. Is that not what your religion teaches?

LissyJo said...

Doesn't this only include *from* when you became ordained? Does the church recognize the paper work for the city of Eagan?

Not that it matters...I've become baptized by way of cabin use, farted on, beer sharing, seeing pictures on Nod to Nothing of water (yeah, it counts), and probably spitting somehow throughout the years. Er, maybe you didn't have the power of (god? jesus? FSM?) at that point.

So...what will you do with your super powers now? Continue licking people into baptism?

Scooter said...

Absolutely. I baptized a waitress this morning - she touched my sweating water glass.

CookieQueen said...

And what if I've already been baptized in another faith - is this just extra credit toward my ultimate ascension? Do I get to take the express elevator instead of the stairs?

Scooter said...

Elevator? I think I may have to institute "without appropriate donations, you will be on the slow dungheap cart to salvation. The one with the broken wheel. And no horse."

Kyle said...

You apparently have put a lot of additional thought into the whole baptism matter since our pickup ride to Adam's house a couple of weekends ago. Glad to see I was in on the ground floor as regards the development of your baptism credo. Does that level of association make me some sort of de facto apostle of your newly forming doctrine?