Celebrity Christians

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.
Galatians 2:6
As for those who seemed to be important—whatever they were makes no difference to me; God does not judge by external appearance

5 thoughts on “Celebrity Christians”

  1. It reminds me of Ephesians:
    [24] And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
    [25] Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.
    [26] Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
    [27] Neither give place to the devil.
    [28] Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.
    [29] Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
    [30] And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
    [31] Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
    [32] And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

    Hollywood’s entire culture is constituted to fight against this. My deepest sympathies to him.

    Your point is good, but the larger point is that every Christian needs that fellowship. It’s not that we are not individuals, but:
    [13] But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
    [14] For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
    [15] Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;
    [16] And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
    [17] And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.
    [18] For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
    [19] Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
    [20] And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
    [21] In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
    [22] In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

    There is a mutual, collective entity we call the church that is supposed to act in the world. A Christian celebrity in Hollywood is terribly alone in a way that most of us are not. I suppose we should pray for these people, because they are faced with a burden that most of us do not have.

  2. You’re right to point out the importance of fellowship. I thought Cameron’s dedication and patience was admirable… and perhaps he will successfully grow some fellowships through his evangelzation efforts:) Pioneered for others.

  3. I worked on the TV show “Full House” and was acquainted with Kirk’s mother and sister Candace who are also Christians. Kirk’s mother was an inspiration to me. Being a Christian and raising kids working in Hollywood AND keeping your Christian values and faith intact is not easy but she was a great example. Kirk has been a Christian for a long time and I respect what he is doing.

    Yes, please pray for Christians who work in Hollywood. It is a missionary field.

  4. what a wonderful inside view, Michelle. I’m always grateful to hear examples of Christian mothers who faithfully instill those things in their children.

    It encourages us, and is real inspiration to *keep praying*!

  5. I wonder how deeply Kirk’s Christian forgiveness went when he had Julie McCullough fired from Growing Pains because he learned she’d posed in Playboy Magazine™®©?

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