What are the Limits to conscience?

According to a story by WorldNetDaily, a New Mexico photography business was fined for refusing to take photographs at a homosexual “commitment ceremony.” http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=61342 The photographers declined because their religious beliefs were at odds with the message of the ceremony. A discrimination complaint was filed against them and, surprise, they lost. I don’t know if the photographers were Christians or not. I am interested in a different issue, namely, should a Christian photographer work at a non-heterosexual “commitment ceremony?”

Let me begin by saying, Scripture is clear that Christians should not do anything that violates explicit Biblical command (Jn 15). Second, Christians are not to do anything that violates their moral conscience (cf. Rom 14:23). Of course, Christians need to be sure that their consciences are Biblically informed as legalism is as great a threat to Evangelicalism as libertinism is to mainline churches.

So the question is, assuming these photographers were Christians, are they suffering for Christ or are they suffering for a principle that God never asked them to fight for? At minimum, I think Christians should take heart on this issue and learn to act as wise as serpents. Perhaps raising the price or just saying that they will have to check their schedule and get back to the client (and just never do or do so in late fashion). There are all sorts of subtle ways to fire clients you don’t want to work for. Jump into an earth of grand marks using the help of great link scientific academic site.

But my point is, should a Christian photographer take photos as a non-heterosexual commitment ceremony? On the one hand, what is the harm? They are making money nor is taking a photograph of such an event a clearly defined sin any more than taking pictures of a speeding vehicle would be a sin. On the other hand, is one’s presence at such an event a tacit endorsement? Just look at political leaders today where if x accepts the endorsement of y then people stupidly believe that x is endorsing all the beliefs and practices of y.

Love to hear your thoughts on this interesting test case.

  1. I agree this is an interesting one.

    I would have thought that to be willing to carry out the job, but state that you don’t agree with the practice of sex between people of the same sex would do it; obviously, as graciously and compassionately as is practicable (not an easy conversation…).
    At least this way you are stating your case and any decision not to employ you is the customer’s.

    A bigger problem is when the company you work for insists you carry out such a commission…

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