Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Kirk Cameron Kerfuffle

I have never seen a Kirk Cameron TV show or movie.  I don't suppose that will change despite a recent dust up over comments he made on the Piers Morgan show.

As a Christian, I really hate that we've become known as "anti-abortion" and "anti-gay" people.  All people have things they oppose or are against. It seems like only Christians are primarily labeled with the "anti" moniker.  I know it's because abortion and the gay issue are hot cultural topics and any bible-believing Christian will have a pretty strong view on these issues.  So Kirk Cameron does an interview to promote his new film-which has nothing to do with either of these issues- and the interviewer goes right to his position on homosexual practice.  How fair is that?  When Morgan interviews celebrities who have no problem being promiscuous and fathering all sorts of children out of wedlock, does he drill them with questions on that?

I grant there are some prominent Christian voices who disproportionately beat the anti-gay drum, but regarding Cameron's honest answer to an irrelevant question, why all the outrage?  Since when did speaking peacefully and politely about an ethical issue not fall under free speech?  Labeling a person "homophobic" because they happen to disagree with homosexual practice is a cheap tactic to end a legitimate, rational, discussion.  See my take on that here.

Anyways, Kirk Cameron released a statement (that I am sure he had help constructing) on Facebook worth reading-

I recently was asked to join Piers Morgan on CNN for an interview about my new film “Monumental.” During that discussion, I was asked to express my views about homosexuality, gay marriage, and abortion. While that was not the agreed-upon purpose of the interview, I was pleased to answer Piers’ questions as honestly as I could. 

In some people’s eyes, my responses were not sufficiently "loving" toward those in the gay community. I can only say that it is my life's mission to love all people, and that I expressed the same views that are expressed clearly and emphatically throughout the Judeo-Christian scriptures. As a Bible believing Christian, I could not have answered any other way. I’ve been encouraged by the support of many friends (including gay friends, incidentally) in the wake of condemnation by some political advocacy groups. 

In the case of one of my gay friends, we regularly talk and have healthy and respectful debate. We learn from each other, and serve others alongside one another. I thank God for all of my friends...even when they hold very different views on issues of faith and morality. I do not, however, believe that the right way to advance our views is to resort to name-calling and personal attacks, as some have done to me. 

I also believe that freedom of speech and freedom of religion go hand-in-hand in America. I should be able to express moral views on social issues--especially those that have been the underpinning of Western civilization for 2,000 years--without being slandered, accused of hate speech, and told from those who preach "tolerance" that I need to either bend my beliefs to their moral standards or be silent when I’m in the public square. 

I hope more than a few people could see the large volume of secularist morality being imposed on me. In any society that is governed by the rule of law, some form of morality is always imposed. It's inescapable. But it is also a complicated subject, and that is why I believe we need to learn how to debate these things with greater love and respect. To the thousands of you who have written me letters of encouragement... thank you! And to those who would like know how to further your support, please gather your friends and family, and join me as I seek to show you our true “National Treasure,” at the live, nationwide viewing of “Monumental” on Tuesday, March 27th (www.MonumentalMovie.com). Sincerely, Kirk


Will said...

Besides acting, Kirk Cameron is an evangelist. He and Ray Comfort have a ministry called Way of the Master, and they have a weekly television program shown on most Christian stations.

Woody Woodward said...

He is a powerful man of God and I admire his stand tremendously! I heard the left wing slanted interview and thought Kirk lived Eph 4:15 to the tee. “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes…” (Romans 1:16) It's a shame, but that's the way it is. Any strong believer who stands for truth and defends Christ must expect every interview with the "elite" left wing media to begin with such garbage and to make it such an issue, one would have to be very discerning, standing upon Matthew 10:19, knowing what’s in store and allowing Him to speak. But we know, his words were not spoken in vain! And we must always be prepared to give the reason for the hope that is within us, yet with gentleness and reverence. Pastor, you have seen Kirk in a movie, “Fire Proof”.