Calvary Love for Christian Photographers
On this blog you will find the booklet "If" by Amy Carmichael.
Part 2 is particularly challenging for the Christian.
In the same spirit of this book I offer the following for Christian Photographers.
I am sure fellow Christian Photographers can come up with more "Ifs"
These are just thought starters.
I do not claim to be speaking in all authority on this subject but this is how it seems to be to me.
Note I am not speaking for or to Photographers who do not claim Jesus as their Lord and Saviour.
Photography can be used for much gain for Humanity but also much evil.
Where do you Christian Photographer draw the line?
It would be an interesting exercise to do this in the use of Social Media such as Facebook also.
"If I can take a photograph of someone in an unfortunate situation and all I am thinking is I can make money or win an award I know nothing of Calvary Love.
If I can ridicule or laugh at someone by publishing a photo of them then I know nothing of Calvary Love.
If I put the idea of "getting the image" above the welfare, feelings or emotions and safety of my subject and others close to them then I know nothing of Calvary Love.
If I think it ok to publish and/or take so called "fine art" photos of the naked human form and indeed "softcore" or "hardcore" pornography whether or not I have my own personal motives including voyeurism, then I know nothing of Calvary Love.(You know the type of photography I mean.)
There was a time when it was ok for christian people to take photographs of the naked human form but only two people had that privilege.
That was Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden before the Fall when they did not know they were naked.
Problem is I don't think they had cameras.
There is of course a place for medical photography for medical purposes.
If I am taking photos when my conscience tells me not too and yet I still go ahead then I am sinning and not practising Calvary Love.
If I pass off someone else's work as my own for my own gain or otherwise then I know nothing of Calvary Love.
See also my post on using your camera for God.