Yesterday, I posted an expression of my love for my wife along with a picture that, I think, shows the heartbeat of Jeanna and I's relationship. We exist to magnify the Lord together. Our gratefulness to God for how He has saved us and called us to be His own is reflected in that photo.
An anonymous commenter (if you've got something to say, please attach your name) mentioned that he/she thinks it is "weird" to have pics of people "worshiping." This got me thinking.
Reasons some people are uncomfortable with pictures of "worshipers":
1. Whoever is taking the picture is obviously not "worshiping."
2. Worship is percieved as a private act, not to be shared with others.
3. It could be percieved as "worshiping" to be seen by men ("I better look like I'm worshiping in case she takes my picture").
If you have other reasons, please let me know.
However, here are some of my thoughts:
1. All of life is worship (1 Cor. 10:31). If we cannot take pictures of worshipers, we cannot take pictures of Christians. We have a tendency to think of worship only as singing worship songs or hymns. If you don't like pictures of worshipers, don't take a picture of two Christians hanging out at the coffee shop. This really is the main argument against the first reason above: that the person taking a picture is not "worshiping." My understanding of the Scripture is that taking a picture of a Christian gathering for the glory of God is just as much an act of worship as raising your hand and singing, "no power of Hell, no scheme of man, can ever pluck me from His hand..." with all your heart.
2. Worship is not mainly a private act. Worship cannot be complete totally apart from the gathering of God's people. If you simply shut your door and "worship" God with no relationship to His body, you are not a true worshiper. Thus, we should never gather and "shut everyone else out." God desires worshipers together, with one voice, to praise the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ (Rom. 15:6). We should be aware of each other when we gather.
3. I abominate the pride and hypocricy of the third reason above. Shame on us if we simply want to be seen and praised by man. However, Jesus said, "Let your light shine before man, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in Heaven" (Matt. 5:16). So, there is a sense in which we should want others to see our good deeds in order that God may be praised. The issue is motive.