No more than a husband or wife would say “I was married” with the day of the wedding in mind should a Christian say “I was baptized.” The married man or woman quite naturally answers the question “Are you married?” in the present tense, “I am married.” If a married person answered this question in the past tense, “I was married,” one would assume that they are now widowed or divorced. Just so the Christian confesses “I am baptized.” That is the abiding comfort of Baptism. The liturgical rite is quickly done with and the water dries but the gift of Baptism does not evaporate.
–Prof. John T. Pless