Wednesday, March 21, 2012
An interesting interview with Kirk Cameron on NBC’s Today. Although it was to be a plug for his new movie, it became a witness for his convictions and explanation of the foundations of his faith.
This wasn’t the first, and even on that day wasn’t the last interview that had been scheduled for Cameron to discuss the new movie he’s presenting. Piers Morgan’s earlier interview started with questions relating to almost every controversial issue facing our country today and asking Cameron to give his personal perspective.
Think for a moment – you are sitting before an audience you wish to introduce your current work, and your entire belief system is supposed to be cut down to a sound bite used to create headlines.
I didn’t hear that interview, but I did listen to Today’s, which started not with questions about his movie but about the Morgan interview. Frankly, I was impressed with how Cameron handled the Today interview, as well as the following one with Hoda Kotb.
It is absolutely without hatred for any individual, no hatred for any group of individuals, that I hold the same convictions Kirk Cameron publically espouses as having faith built on biblically based doctrines.
Yes – there are some things I believe the Bible specifically states are wrong. I believe there are many things in the Bible we are encouraged to do and quite a few we are commanded to do. As believers, we are responsible for putting forth good fruit, so that people who see our actions, hear our words, read our writing, see our movies can also see our lives describing His word:
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23 KJV)
The whole body of believers displaying these fruits do so to edify, to lift up and glorify our Lord.
That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: (Ephesians 4:14-15 KJV)
Believers are to open, speaking the truth in love, and that truth is what we’ve found in studying God’s word. For those who wish the words of Paul be stricken from the New Testament, that has not happened. Though Peter found those words hard, we are encouraged to follow them as we strive for our Lord’s will in our lives:
As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. (2 Peter 3:16 KJV)
Kirk Cameron has fulfilled one of my favorite scriptures:
… be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: (1 Peter 3:15b KJV)