I’m sure you’ve seen the video clip.
A few days ago, Piers Morgan invited Kirk Cameron to come on his show and talk about his upcoming movie,” Monumental.” Perhaps Cameron felt sideswiped when Morgan began to press him about his view of homosexuality. Nonetheless, Cameron answered the question and I thought his response was gracious and respectful. He was asked a pointed question and he answered. See interview.
When I saw the interview, I knew there would be an uproar in the media because in North American culture, the situation has gotten to the point that if you’re not “for” homosexuality, you’re homophobic. Unlike countless other social issues that we face in our world, this ultra sensitive topic of homosexuality has become an issue with which we can not simply and respectfully “agree to disagree” – there’s a quick judgement that comes with disagreeing with homosexuality. You are immediately labelled, “HOMOPHOBIC” and these days, you are going against the trend of our society.
Shortly after the interview was shown, HLN received the following statement from Cameron in response to the intense media attention.
In a recent interview about my film, Monumental, I was asked to share my views on homosexuality, gay marriage, and abortion. I spoke as honestly as I could, but some people believe my responses were not loving toward those in the gay community. That is not true. I can assuredly say that it’s my life’s mission to love all people.
The only way to properly answer these kind of questions is to begin the discussion with another question: Is life and sexuality sacred or are they not? If they are, then God has something to say about these things. If not, then everyone is entitled to their own opinion on the matter.
I believe that freedom of speech and freedom of religion go hand-in-hand in America. I should be able to express moral views on social issues–especially those that have been the underpinning of Western civilization for 2,000 years–without being slandered, accused of hate speech, and told from those who preach “tolerance” that I need to either bend my beliefs to their moral standards or be silent when I’m in the public square.
In any society that is governed by the rule of law, some form of morality is always imposed. It’s inescapable. But it is also a complicated subject, and that is why I believe we need to learn how to debate these things with greater love and respect.
I’ve been encouraged by the support of many friends (including gay friends, incidentally). Thank you! I look forward to those who will join me as I seek to show you our true “National Treasure,” at the live, nationwide viewing of “Monumental” on Tuesday, March 27th.
Once again, I think Cameron’s response was mature and articulate. He is a Christian and he merely reiterated the 2000 year old teaching of the church that homosexuality is a sin.( 1 Corinthians 6.9-11, Romans 1.26,27, 1 Timothy 1.9.10) He’s not exuding superiority or judgment. He’s just speaking biblical truth.
Is it a good thing that generally speaking, people are more open to homosexuality as an acceptable and morally unproblematic way of life? It seems to me that with this particular issue, society has become so increasingly intolerant about the Christian belief that Cameron got bombarded with accusations of hatred and intolerance by merely answering a question in the midst of a conversation that he didn’t initiate. I didn’t detect intolerance or hatred in his words. He was just holding onto an ancient, yet ever relevant faith.
Denny Burk is associate professor of New Testament at Boyce College and he said it well – “Christianity hasn’t changed, but the moral consensus of our culture has.”