“Kirk Cameron, From Sitcom Star to Evangelist By MARTIN BASHIR, ABCNews.com”:
Kirk Cameron could make audiences roll with laughter. But now he wants to bring them to the Lord. And he’s deadly serious…… Cameron started attending church and began to deepen his own theological understanding and grasp of Christianity. This eventually led to a clash between his personal and professional interests.
“There was a scene where Mike Seaver was to be lying in bed with a girlfriend and as I wake up in the morning, Mike … rolls over and just says, ‘Hey babe, tell me again, what’s your name?'”
He found the scene conflicted with the Christian values he had embraced. …… In addition to creating teaching materials, books and a Web site, Cameron is now back on TV in a weekly cable program. “The Way of the Master” ….
Cameron says that he is producing the show because he objects to the way many churches present the Christian faith. He believes that Christianity has become just another ideology that is used to indulge personal interests and contains little of the original message of repentance and faith.
“Much of the modern message seems to revolve around get what’s yours in Christ today. They say, ‘If you say this little prayer then all is well’ and you’ll know health, wealth, prosperity, everything you could ever want. That’s not the truthful message of Christ.”
Neither Comfort nor Cameron has theological degrees nor any kind of formal training. But Cameron says that he’s convinced his new career is vitally important.
This is interesting. Maybe God has His own method of producing change in Hollywood’s format? heh.
Besides that, though, I thought I’d use this to put in my little blurb on what I think of celebrity Christians. I think that because we as a culture idolize entertainers, we, as Christians, tend to catapault celebrities to leadership status almost immediately in order to capitalize on their ready-made audience. I think that is a great disservice all around, not the least to the individual who has become a Christian. Not that I think this is the case with Kirk Cameron, but I think it happened with Jane Fonda and Bob Dylan. It happens on a smaller scale with the socially prestigious, and I think it is evidence of rampant “respect of persons” per James 2:1, James 2:9.
We ought to nurture new Christians, and follow the scriptural admonitions for growing leadership. We could have more faith in God’s ability to form His Church and promote His message.
I’m personally happy to see these famous people come to faith in Christ Jesus, but we ought to give them time to grow in their faith, and nurture them as disciples before giving them roles of authority. It sounds like Cameron spent some time learning how to live out his faith before he stepped into the present responsibilities.
But we tend to want to make use of people in the church in a way that is patterned more on the worldly model, and this is probably why we make celebrities of our leaders, too. There is a difference between respecting accountable godly authority and the ‘respect of persons’ that elevates someone to idol status. Or accepts them on the outward basis of “image and prestige” instead of tested spiritual substance.
Do I blame mega churches? No. The fault with mega churches is something that derives from this covered-up attitude within ourselves. We don’t unmask it in our lives or our Church communities, and it simply blossoms when given the chance.
And it always comes down to this: what are we doing to properly live the Christian life? To what do we add the value of our own choices? Unmasking and purging worldliness from the Church will always start with doing so in our own personal lives.
Another way the ‘little guy’ makes a difference.
As for those who seemed to be importantâ€”whatever they were makes no difference to me; God does not judge by external appearance