Photographer faces law suit

Started Aug 23, 2013 | Discussions thread
Peter A. Stavrakoglou
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Re: Christ commanded to render unto Caesar what is Caesar's.
In reply to Clyde Thomas, Sep 4, 2013

Clyde Thomas wrote:

Sorry my Christian friends, but the bible is pretty clear on this.

Matthew 22:20-21 the teachings of Christ telling his disciples to follow the law.

20: And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription?

21: They say unto him, Caesar's. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's.

A Christian doesn't have to like the law. But they are commanded by their Savior to obey it.

A Christian in China must obey the Chinese law.

A Christian in Iran must obey the Iranian law.

A Christian in the U.S. must obey the U.S. law.

Christ NEVER told anyone to disobey the law of their governing land.

You have made the stretch of using a scripture that addressed a question of taxes and applying it to this situation.  There is no connection even though you've tried.  We are to obey man's law but when the law contradicts God's law, we do as Acts 5:29 says "We must obey God as ruler rather than men."

Christians should consider following in their Master's footsteps... You know, be Christians. Christ who was known to associate with criminals and prostitutes. He never judged anyone. He took the opportunity to set example whenever he could.

He associated with them but never approved of their sinful actions.  That's a big distinction.  And he certainly did lay judgment on some, read Matthew 23:25-28 and you'll see.

The U.S. is a nation where citizens can work to change the laws. If an argument is sound beyond religious convictions, then the laws may be changed. Until then, everyone should obey the law or be ready to suffer the consequences. God would rather you obey the law than have you pass judgement upon one of his beloved children.

There is no scriptural reference for your last statement.  We certainly will "suffer" the consequences when we choose to disobey a law.  Blacks suffered the consequences of disobeying the segregation laws in the south.  Segregation was the law, like it or not.  Do you disapprove of them disobeying the law?  Would you have told them to be good Christians and just go along with it?

Remember in Luke 6:37

"Jesus said: Don’t judge others, and God won’t judge you. Don’t be hard on others, and God won’t be hard on you. Forgive others, and God will forgive you."

Now I don't like it either. I feel that photographers should be able to pick and choose their jobs for whatever reason they so desire. But I do not appreciate anyone giving my industry a bad name. We togs have enough trouble with copyrights and camera prohibitions to worry about. We don't need to be seen by the public as law breakers.

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