Let me begin by saying I’m very leery of “Hollywood” Christians. Too often it seems like we jump on any thing remotely “Christian” we hear coming from someone famous because we want them on our side. A rap star wins an award for some profanity laced “song” and then thanks Jesus in his acceptance speech—and people praise him for his faith. An athlete points to the sky and bows after a touchdown and everyone assumes he’s a wonderful Christian. Of course a week later he may be arrested for drugs, or soliciting a prostitute, or whatever. The boxer Evander Holyfield used to spout off a lot of “Christianese” at the same time in his life when he was fathering children with several different women. But the actor Gary Busey probably takes the cake. He had some sort of “religious experience” after a near fatal motorcycle wreck. Promise Keepers pounced on this Hollywood conversion and began turning Busey loose with a microphone at PK rallies. He would say some nice things about Jesus. He’d talk about the Virgin Mary appearing to him in a vision. A few more spiritually vague comments and then all would applaud this “changed life.” A few months later Busey appeared on Howard Stern’s radio program saying (and doing) some of the vilest things one can imagine. Eventually security had to escort him out because of his sexual advances towards a woman in the studio (Not exactly “Christian fruit” is it?). Maybe I’m too cynical. I probably am. But when Mel Gibson got arrested for drunk driving a few weeks back I wasn’t that surprised. The Passion of The Christ was a very powerful movie—and I’ve heard Gibson is a “devout” Catholic (Big Deal, so was Al Capone). But I’ve come to expect “famous” Christians aren’t always what they’re cracked up to be. Nobody’s perfect. But some of these people probably aren’t even really saved. Enough about them—I want to talk about a spiritual “breath of fresh air” coming out of Hollywood.
Anybody in my age bracket (30-45) knows who Kirk Cameron is. In the 1980’s he was THE quintessential “heart throb.” Every girl I knew growing up had a picture of Kirk on her wall. He starred as Mike Seaver in the hit sitcom Growing Pains………AND (according to his testimony) he was an avowed atheist. At the height of his stardom he began to be interested in a girl, who as it turns out, was a Christian. Her dad told Kirk, “You may think you’ve got it all—but you don’t know the Lord.” Kirk went to church with this girl and her family where he heard the gospel preached and began to wonder about his life. A month later as he sat by the side of the road in his fancy sports car---he gave his life to Christ. What’s amazing to me, is what Kirk is doing today.
Kirk has teamed up with a man named Ray Comfort to start a ministry called the Way of the Master. (www.wayofthemaster.com) They are burdened by the fact that most of the “evangelism” that takes place in America is a watered down, incomplete version of the Biblical gospel. According to Kirk and Ray (and the Bible) people will never understand the “good news” of the gospel, until they understand the “bad news” of the Law. People need to be told in a loving and honest way that they are sinners who need a Savior. They need to see their helplessness and their need—then they need to be told about the grace of God in the gospel of Christ. They believe in calling people to repentance and faith---and they believe in being “up front” with people about Hell. To be honest, most Pastors in our day and age won’t call people to “Repent” and few will mention “Hell” for fear of offending people (don’t they care about offending God?). So let me just say I was shocked. SHOCKED! To hear a Hollywood “pretty boy” preaching the gospel of Repentance and Faith, quoting Spurgeon, and telling lost people about the “lake of fire.” I was SHOCKED! And I was excited! Finally, a REAL Hollywood Christian.
I know, I know…Kirk stars in all of the Left Behind movies---Big Deal, that doesn’t make him a Christian. I assumed he was a typical shallow Hollywood “Christian” in the Purpose Driven sense (oops sorry, my feelings about Rick Warren rear their ugly head again). My point is---Kirk’s ministry impresses me. It really does. And I’m not easily impressed. Remember I’m cynical, skeptical, and cautious about spiritual matters—but that’s because I’ve heard too many Gary Busey stories. But I think Kirk is the REAL DEAL. I would encourage you to go to his website listed above and watch some of the video of him and Ray witnessing to people on the streets. Kirk witnesses to gang members by lovingly confronting them with the sin in their life (I thought one was going to punch him). Ray witnesses to a rap singer in New York, and then to a young girl on an airplane. And all of their evangelism is solid. None of this “pray this prayer and God will give you a wonderful life” stuff. They confront people with the sin in their life by asking them if they’ve ever broken any of the 10 commandments. They tell people that they will one day appear before God’s Judgment Seat. And they speak the “good news” of salvation by repentance and faith in Christ. It is exciting to watch—and it made me zealous to share my faith more. Hopefully it will do the same for you.
On their website you can also click and hear Kirk give his testimony (click here for that http://www.wayofthemaster.com/about_kirk.shtml) Its only about 7 minutes long, but John Piper has said its one of the best he’s ever heard. Kirk’s ministry is also endorsed by John Macarthur, David Jeremiah, Ravi Zacharias, and D. James Kennedy. That’s pretty good company.
As I watched the videos on the website of Kirk and Ray witnessing to people on the street, I couldn’t help but notice how absolutely clueless some people are. They truly are “dead in their sins.” (Eph. 2). But watch the one entitled “Seal Beach Kid” and look at how Ray brings this teenage boy from nowhere to a clear understand of his sin and the gospel. (click here to see it http://www.wayofthemaster.com/watchwitnessing.shtml) As I watched, my heart broke for this boy who is perishing—but I was amazed to see how the lights were coming on in his mind as Ray talked with him for only a couple of minutes. It’s something to see. And it’s something to do. Share the gospel in all of its glory, but share against the backdrop of man’s overwhelming sin nature, and God’s absolutely perfect standard….Then the cross will make sense to the world. And some will repent and be saved.
Bravo Kirk Cameron! You are not the typical “Hollywood Christian.” You seem to be the REAL DEAL, and I for one applaud you. Keep speaking the truth. I know you’re not popular with the television big shots anymore. And even some Christian leaders think you’re crazy for talking to lost people about Hell and Judgment. But you’re doing what Jesus did---and you’re doing what He told us all to do. Hang in there and keep up the good work. And whatever you do please, PLEASE don’t get arrested for drunk driving and force me to write a blog about another Hollywood phony. I think you’re one of the only good things to come out of Hollywood in a long time and I’ll pray for you as you fearlessly preach the TRUE and COMPLETE gospel to the perishing masses of the world.
SPECIAL NOTE TO ALL FCC, PLEASANTON PEOPLE: Don’t forget our Carry In Dinner after church this Sunday. Bring a dish (with food on it) and plan on staying to eat. My last several blogs have been kind of “serious”. That’s because I haven’t had enough “funny” things happen to me lately. But I’ll be combing through the crowd at the dinner looking for “blog material” so be careful what you say around me…it might end up being broadcast to the “cyber world.”