When we change allegiances in baptism, we are renouncing the way the world defines significance and value. Concretely, the hero systems found in serving the principalities and powers offer a vision of ‘success,’ a vision that guides just about everyone around us… But in baptism, Christians turn their backs on this game… and reject the things that give others value, respect, and significance. By this act, Christians register a dissent that implicitly indicts how everyone else is choosing to live their lives. And we can’t kick out the props of everyone else’s self-esteem without expecting a negative response.
The Slavery of Death – Richard Beck (82)