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A few years ago a pastor contacted me about a man in his church who took “boudoir” photos—intimate, lingerie catalog-like imagery—for married couples. The man said that the business was a service to help married couples, including those in the church, to recover intimacy and romance in their relationships, and insisted his pictures were not in any way pornographic. The elders were uncomfortable with this, but weren’t sure how to proceed.
I thought about this church when I read the recent article in Christianity Today by Maureen Garcia that argues for a positive, Christian use of boudoir photography for women and couples. I disagree, and here’s why.
Some dismiss Valentine’s Day as a “Hallmark Holiday” created to indulge the consumerist habits of wealthy Americans; others disdain the holiday as overly romantic and serving little purpose. Yet, for the majority of Americans, Valentine’s Day is a significant holiday to celebrate love and romance.
Rob Schwarzwalder, reflecting on the article “How Millennial Parents Think Differently About Raising Kids” featured in TIME magazine:
Yet one sentence, tucked deeply in the TIME article, is arresting: “46 percent of millennial parents said they posted a picture of their youngest child either in the womb or before the baby was one day old.”
Why is this significant? Because younger Americans intuitively understand, as parents always have, that the life growing inside the mother’s body is more than an accumulation of gelatinous tissue. Instead, in watching the ultrasound images projected on a screen, they recognize a living person, developing and small and, in appearance, unlike a full-term baby, but undeniably a human being.
The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals would make the Stasi proud. Judge John Rogers sees no invasion of privacy if law enforcement monitors your home without a warrant using a camera mounted on a public utility pole.
My problem with this statement is that it disrespects people made in God’s image and redeemed by God’s Son. It is a mocking of the church and an exaltation of self. The church isn’t stupid. Sinful, yes. Stupid, no. Speaking of the church in this way will get a chuckle from some leaders (who aren’t already bored by the worn-out expression), but will create distance between leadership and those pastors are called to lead.
The sheep are not dumb. In fact, we would do much better if we thought of the sheep in the way in which the Puritan, Thomas Watson, described them in his sermon, “The Good Shepherd.”