Kirk Cameron melted women’s hearts through the ’90s, and it’s easy to see why. Bright eyes. Easy smile. Passion for what he does.
But the man he is today isn’t the one Hollywood fell in love with decades ago. His faith outshines every last one of his physical characteristics. And it’s his faith that propels him to make a difference in the lives of American families.
“I think often about the fact that freedom and blessing and protection, these are gifts,” Cameron tells Charisma News about what the Holy Spirit has laid on his heart. “They’re not rights. The food that we eat, the education that we have, these aren’t things we’re entitled to. God graciously gives us good things to enjoy. They’re not free. They cost a lot. They cost the very blood of Christ to reconcile us to God, and they also cost our devotion and our obedience to God.
“We’re a nation that’s straying away from the principles that produced those kinds of blessings, and I want my kids to have those things. I want my kids to be in a nation where godliness and righteousness reign in the nation. I don’t want evil to be called good. I don’t want family, church, education and government to be upside down for them.”
These talking points will be featured in Revive Us 2, a one-night only event in theaters Oct. 24.
“It’s a gathering of Christians all over the nation at an important time to sing and to pray, to worship and to discuss something really important,” Cameron says.
The event will involve directors Alex and Stephen Kendrick, Dr. Ben Carson, Joni Eareckson Tada, Ravi Zacharias, musical guests Zach Williams and Christian Cuevas, among others.
After the first event, Cameron says he heard reports of revival-type encounters breaking out in theaters, and he hopes to see it happen again.
“People have been continuing to get involved at the local level with their church, their school, their communities, with their kids. That’s the Christian method of change. It starts by transforming the heart of a person, then the mind of a person and gradually works its way out through your home, your community, all the way out to your borders,” Cameron says.
In addition to Revive Us 2, Cameron and his wife, Chelsea Noble, recently launched a six-week video series called The Heart of the Family.
The series takes place in the Cameron household as the couple discusses marriage and parenting.
For the first time ever, Chelsea and I are inviting anybody who wants to come into our kitchen to sit at our kitchen table via this online marriage and parenting course. We’ll share the things that have helped us through the struggles of marriage and parenting, bringing us to a place of health and happiness in our home raising our six kids. So it’s teaching on the subjects of joy and forgiveness, relationships, parenting, discipline, faith, family, all these kinds of things. It’s at our house. It’s at the beach. It’s in our backyard at a campfire. It’s in our kitchen cooking dinner. It’s a course you can take with your spouse at your own pace.
The course will culminate in a live question-and-answer session with Cameron and his wife on Sept. 27.
As passionate as Cameron is about his family, he didn’t have too many answers for those who are single and want to find a mate.
When asked how a godly young woman might find her future husband, Cameron says, “I’ve never tried to meet a godly young man in this age. I haven’t been looking for that right person in a while. But you know who is? My daughters.”
Cameron confirmed that in American society, there are not many wells where godly young women can hang out and meet their future father-in-law as Rebekah did in Genesis 24.
“So my daughters say, ‘Dad, I need a husband.’ But they’ve got time. That’s what I’ve been telling them. … My daughter, Anna, is 18, and she was fed a steady diet of Disney princess movies since she was 4 years old. So she has the script in her head; she knows what’s going to happen. There’s going to be a glass slipper on the floor, and her foot’s going to fit into it just perfectly. And there’s going to be a guy who ride up on a white horse. So any guy who appears to be a potential suitor for my daughter, it’s just very funny. I can see the wheels turning in her head as that scene plays out in her mind,” Cameron says.
The father says she may have found someone who has caught her fancy, though.
“Well, she’s met a young man who seems to be a great, good, godly young man from a good family, whose birthday’s coming up. She created this entire scavenger hunt for him to finally discover what her present was for him on his birthday. So he’s got to go to neighbors and strangers and grandparents and have dinners and meals, and it takes a whole long time. And he did all these things and found that his present was to go skydiving with my daughter.
“I don’t know how I feel about this. I know people do this every day, and they don’t plummet to their deaths. But I’m just picturing if something goes wrong, this could go very wrong. But it sounds thrilling; it sounds exciting. I don’t know. Maybe that’s going to set the hook, and this is going to be the guy,” Cameron says.
In the event the couple has wedding bells in the future, Cameron says he has a great six-week series that can help them throughout their marriage.