Wednesday, August 28, 2013

All Around the Web - August 28, 2013

Russell Moore - Should a Christian Photographer Work at a Same-Sex Wedding Ceremony?

More than that, you are right to note that your situation takes place at a moment of concerted cultural revisionism on the question of marriage as conjugal union. A same-sex wedding service right now is not merely personal, but, whether the couple intends this or not, political, with all sorts of corresponding questions.

Your conscience is conflicted right now, but suppose there’s in the near future an evangelical or Roman Catholic or Muslim photographer whose conscience would be morally opposed to participating at all in a same-sex marriage ceremony. There’s a real question as to whether the civil state will penalize this person’s conscientious objection, at least in some parts of the country. And a state that will do that has over-stepped its authority.

I would say that the decisions you’ll make, generally, as a wedding photographer will correspond often with the Corinthian dilemma of whether to eat meat that had been offered to idols (1 Cor. 8). . . .

You need not investigate as a wedding photographer whether the wedding you are photographing is Christ-honoring. But when there is an obvious deviation from the biblical reality, sacrifice the business for conscience, your own and those of the ones in your orbit who would be confused.
That said, don’t be mean.

CBN - Egyptian Christians' 'Radical' Response to Islamists

WORLD Magazine - Not in this House

Another Christian couple working in the wedding industry is facing potential legal action over their belief that marriage can only be between a man and a woman. Dick and Betty Odgaard run the The Görtz Haus Gallery, a popular spot in Grimes, Iowa, for wedding ceremonies. The Odgaards declined to rent it to a gay couple for their wedding ceremony, saying they could not in good conscience allow a homosexual couple to use their business to host the ceremony itself. 

“To us, [marriage] is a sacrament,” that exists only “between a man and woman,” Betty Odgaard said. She said she was happy to work with the couple and willing to let them use the gallery for everything but the actual exchange of vows.  

But the gay couple filed a legal complaint before the Iowa Human Rights Commission. They said the business was a public venue that must allow couples to use it regardless of their sexual orientation or the business owners’ beliefs.

The Blaze - ‘Wake Up Allyson, You Little [Expletive]: The Terrifying Voice That Took Over One Family’s Baby Monitor | This would be quit scary.

The Blaze - ‘Duck Dynasty’ Brother Reveals Why He Was Kicked Out of a New York City Hotel This Week | This is pretty funny. I'm sure this has happened more than once in cities like New York.

The crew of A&E’s hit show “Duck Dynasty” has been on a media tour in New York City this week ahead of the Wednesday-night premiere of their show. And while it’s hard to believe that some across the country can’t pick out the bearded brothers of the Robertson clan from a mile away, Jase Robertson revealed that he was kicked out of a hotel in the city this week after being confused for a homeless man.

“I think it was a facial profiling deal,” Jase joked while describing the incident on “Live with Kelly and Michael.”

“I asked where the bathroom was and he said, ‘Right this way, sir.’ He was very nice,” Jase told a disbelieving Michael Strahan. “He walked me outside, pointed down the road, and said, ‘Good luck. Have a good day.’”

“He just didn’t know,” Jase said graciously, indicating they still stayed at the hotel.

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