Christians should clean up their own act before condemning gay marriage, said actor Kirk Cameron, who visits Alabama this month to lead marriage seminars.
“When people get too focused on redefining marriage, you’re distracted from the bigger problem – fornicators and adulterers,” Cameron said.
“If the people sitting in the pews are fornicators and adulterers, the church will destroy marriages much more quickly than those outside the church. When God’s people mock marriage, God doesn’t take that lightly.”
Cameron declined to criticize gay marriage and same-sex unions, saying that’s not a priority.
“I think the greatest threat to marriage is not other people’s definition of marriage,” Cameron said in a telephone interview with AL.com. “The church isn’t taking God’s definition of marriage seriously. It’s not other people sabotaging marriage that’s the problem.”
Cameron will be leading the “Love Worth Fighting For” marriage seminar at First Baptist Church in Fairhope on Saturday, May 3, from 12 to 3:30 p.m. and 6 to 9:30 p.m.
Then he’ll be at First Baptist Church in Gardendale on Friday, May 16 at 7 p.m. The seminar also features singer Warren Barfield, who wrote the music for the movie “Fireproof,” which starred Cameron as a firefighter. Cameron was a Golden Globe nominee for best actor for his role as Mike Seaver on the TV sitcom “Growing Pains” from 1985-92. Cameron and his wife, Chelsea, met as on-screen sweethearts during “Growing Pains.”
They are the founders of Camp Firefly, where terminally and seriously ill children and their families are provided an all-expense paid retreat (www.CampFirefly.com). Together, Kirk and Chelsea live in California with their six children.
“Marriage is still important to people,” Cameron said. “They know that marriage is worth fighting for. They want it to be strong.”
The seminar grew out of the “Fireproof” movie. “We took the ‘Fireproof’ movie, the top grossing independent movie of 2008, and turned it into a three and a half hour live experience,” Cameron said. “It’s a home run date night for you and your spouse. Couples come and watch clips from Fireproof, sing together, pray together, laugh together, learn together.”
A lack of faithfulness and commitment to marriage has been epidemic in Christian churches, he said.
“Marriage is meant to be for life,” Cameron said. “When we do things God’s way, there’s a blessing. The path of obedience is the path of blessing. Love is worth fighting for. You need to learn how fight together for your marriage. Sometimes the battle is so bloody that you walk out. You have to learn how to fight the right way. We’ll teach you how to fix your wife and your husband, make sure how your marriage gets better not bitter. Where joy is found, that’s where hope and healing is found. You get in partnership with God. The enemy is not your spouse. The enemy is in your own heart – it’s selfishness.”
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