Faithwire reports that country singer and actress, Jana Kramer, recently shared Instagram posts of her water baptism that took place on Sunday, Jan 23, 2022, after her profession of faith.
Kramer, 38, started her singing career in 2012 which has since featured seven chartered singles. She has also had acting roles on several TV series including, Friday Night Lights, One Tree Hill, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and CSI: NY.
In her first post, Jana described the healing she received after coming to Christ, writing, “I don’t have the words yet …I will…but for now…’In the name of Jesus there is healing.’
Then in a follow-up post, which shows her sitting in a baptismal tank, Jana went into more details of what happened.
Over the years, she has struggled with believing in God, and seems to suggest that this was due in part to a troubled relationship with her father, for which she was partially to blame.
“He was always walking with me…I just didn’t think I deserved that. If I’m honest, I didn’t know how to trust it or if I could trust it at all,” Kramer wrote in her Instagram post. “Looking up to a ‘father figure’ with my past was hard to believe or have comfort in. I didn’t think he would stay. That he wouldn’t hurt me. So I pushed God away for years.”
How parents impact our relationship with God
It is not uncommon for people to struggle in a relationship with God, due to problems with their earthly father and mother.
And this should not surprise us.
In Genesis 1:27, we are told God created man in both His ‘image’ and ‘likeness’. The word ‘likeness’ indicates that we have similar attributes to God that allow us to develop a relationship.
But the Hebrew word for image, ‘tselem,’ has a slightly different meaning. It means ‘representative’, which suggests we were also created to represent God. In fact, the same Hebrew word is used for idols or, as the King James Bible quaintly described them, ‘graven images’ (Isaiah 40:19).
So if this is the case, who are we to represent God too?
If we are all created as idols, representing God, it would be meaningless to represent this image to each other.
And because of that, I believe God intended fathers and mothers to represent God to their children. As children interact with their parents, they would gain a sense of what God was like, seamlessly paving the way for a personal relationship with their Heavenly Father.
However, when sin entered the world, this perfect image of God, intended to be portrayed by our parents, was horribly scarred, leaving all of us with a distorted perception of what our Heavenly Father is really like.
- If we couldn’t trust our earthly father, we find it difficult to trust our Heavenly One.
- If we were abandoned by our earthly father or mother, we are equally fearful that our Heavenly Father will abandon us.
- If our earthly Father preferred your brother or sister over you, then we feel that our Heavenly Father prefers other believers over us.
Even after believing in Jesus, these distorted perceptions can continue to impact our walk with God.
The first step to breaking free from these wrong, sometimes sinful perceptions of God starts with first acknowledging that it is being impacted by our imperfect parents, who were in turn impacted by theirs.
Then we must proceed to the important and difficult second step, forgiving your mom and dad.