Kirk Cameron helps couples fight for marriage
While many still remember Kirk Cameron as a former TV star and teenage heartthrob, Cameron stepped out of that limelight many years ago to answer a higher calling — from God.
Cameron will be making a stop in Franklin on Feb. 9 at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts to present “Love Worth Fighting For,” an event to help couples strengthen and save their marriages.
As a teenager, Cameron starred as the goofy and loveable Mike Seaver on the sitcom “Growing Pains” from 1985-1992 alongside Alan Thicke and Leonardo DiCaprio. But it was his on-screen girlfriend Chelsea Noble that perhaps influenced his life for years to come.
Noble and Cameron have been married now for more than 20 years and have six children. In an interview with The Mountaineer, Cameron said he had labeled himself as a “recovering atheist,” as his Christian faith developed when he was older.
“I lost my faith in atheism when I was 18,” he said. “I had a personal shift in my life that made a big difference (meeting Noble) and I’m thankful for God giving me a new direction to move in. Luckily, I was not in and out of rehab like a lot of my actor friends over the years.”
The “Love Worth Fighting For” tour was inspired by the movie “Fireproof,” which starred Cameron in 2008. It’s the story of a firefighter whose marriage is going up in flames. In an attempt to save his marriage he participates in a 40-day experiment called “The Love Dare.”
“We received such a strong reaction to ‘Fireproof’ that we turned it into a live event to bring to church so couples can take four hours and come to a date night at a church to sing, laugh and pray together,” Cameron said.
North Carolina born singer-songwriter Warren Barfield, who wrote the theme song to “Fireproof,” has joined Cameron on stage during the last four years as they’ve taken the show to 120 cities across the nation.
“We’ve had a great reaction and sold out so many churches,” Cameron said. “It gives people hope and reminds them their marriage is worth fighting for.”
He said he had couples that said they were canceling their divorce hearings after attending the show and even one divorced couple came to the show as friends and decided to remarry each other.
Though Cameron doesn’t claim to be Dr. Phil or a marriage counselor, he said he does know what the Bible has to say about the subject of marriage and can help guide couples through it.
“The same God that designed the universe designed marriage and I’ve gotten to know him and his manual,” Cameron said. “He speaks from authority and makes it understandable for guys like me. We can open it together and see what he says of the subject.”
Cameron said marriages don’t fail — people fail — and America needs to decide whether marriage is sacred or not.
“If it is sacred, God has something to say about it just by the definition of sacred,” he said. If it is scared, he said people shouldn’t try to redefine what God has designed, “which is one man and one woman for life.”
Cameron said couples attending the show could expect to hear a lot of personal stories and experience from himself and Barfield, who has written songs inspired by stories about his own family.
Cameron said many couples say that a lack of communication or money is a big issue in their marriages.
“But the truth is those things are only a problem when people are selfish,” he said. “We must bring the gospel into it and first talk about fixing your own heart before talking about your marriage.”
He believes every marriage can be saved because nothing is impossible with God, but he said people could destroy a marriage through actions like adultery in which the sacred bond of marriage is broke.
“It’s not to say it can’t be saved and healed and restored, but if you cheat you have effectively destroyed your marriage,” he said.
Cameron said he was thankful for the path God has taken him down and he will continue to select projects like “Left Behind,” “Fireproof” and “Love Worth Fighting For” that honor his family and inspire others.
“Get ready to have a great time with music, fun, singing, praying and strengthening relationships” Cameron said of the Feb. 9 event. Showtime is 4 p.m. and tickets range from $20 to $35 each and are available as reserved seats or general admission for singles, couples and groups of 10 or more.
For more information, visit www.loveworthfightingfor.com. VIP tickets are available online through the website, which allows ticket holders to come an hour early for a private question and answer session with Cameron and Barfield.