When confirmands stand before the altar, they promise that they intend to continue steadfast in their confession and Church and to suffer all, even death, rather than fall away from it. How serious are the confirmands, congregations, and pastors about this. Perhaps we need a bit of a wake up call. The worst that seems possible in this country is that a young person might not be considered a part of the “in” crowd. We pray that this will not change for the worse, but we need to remind our confirmands that suffering for and persevering in the faith is a part of present day life for Christians in many parts of the world. It was a part of life for many of our ancestors who suffered persecution for their Lutheran confession. Stories like this make the backsliding and lack of seriousness on confirmation day seem not just sad, but reckless. Is the rite of confirmation a puberty rite or a moment of solemn commitment to the Gospel? What can we do about it?