Actor and Christian activist Kirk Cameron recently spoke with MRCTV about “Revive Us 2,” a “national family meeting” that will be live broadcast from the Museum of the Bible and simulcast in theaters around the country. It happens on Tuesday, October 24th at 8pm EST with an encore screening on Wednesday, November 1st.
“Revive Us 2” follows the success of last year’s “Revive Us,” which took place right before the 2016 election. Like the first one, “Revive Us 2” will featuring discussions on national issues and also include prayer and worship. Guests include Dr. Ben Carson, Joni Eareckson Tada, Ravi Zacharias, Trillia Newbell, filmmakers Alex and Stephen Kendrick (“Fireproof” and “War Room”), and musical guests Zach Williams and Christian Cuevas.
“I’m finding that people are really starting to lean into their faith,” Cameron told MRCTV. “They want to love their husbands, their wives, their kids…they want to reach out to their neighbors no matter how different they are from them. I really do feel that there’s been a big shift in out culture and that there’s a fresh momentum and an awakening that is brewing at the grass roots. I want to feed that fire. I want to build on that momentum.”
Cameron is best remembered for his starring role as Mike Seaver from "Growing Pains" where he met Chelsea Noble who would become his wife. Together they have six children (four adopted) and a charity called "Camp Firefly" where they offer all expense paid trips to terminally ill children and their families.
“We don’t have to be divided,” Cameron says of the country. “We can 100 percent come across these divides and find hope and courage and unity together. We try and find the lowest common denominator, some common ground to build on.”
Still, in some ways the country is divided over certain issues that seem intractable - say, abortion.
“You’re right…When it gets down to something as wicked as killing babies it’s a non-negotiable. Murder is not something that you can justify when you’re talking about innocent children in the womb. But I think there is a way for us to begin to heal and move forward…my mind has been changed when I can get into a room and have an honest and respectful conversation with someone…I’m going to try and hold up some standards that are timeless, that always produce freedom and prosperity and health and show people some creative ways I think we can work together to begin healing these divides.”
Cameron did not want to discuss the current Hollywood scandals involving Harvey Weinstein and sexual abuse. Instead, he recalled people who inspired him in Hollywood when he was at the height of his fame in the 1980s. “One of the kindest people that I met when I was a young actor on ‘Growing Pains’ was a hero of mine named Henry Winkler - the Fonz! He was just such a quiet and humble man, had such a quiet demeanor, so different from the Fonz. I remember meeting him and thinking, ‘Wow, what a gentle and quiet man.’ Alan Thicke was like a dad to me on ‘Growing Pains.’ We spent more time together than probably my own father and I spent during those years because we worked together. But at the end of the day I think my mentors were outside of Hollywood. I never really spent a ton of time hobnobbing with the rich and famous in the business. I gad friends at church, I had friends at school, and those were the people who made the biggest difference in my life.”
Ultimately, Cameron says, “I’m hoping that the family of faith gets off this pessimistic and negative narrative when it comes to the direction of culture. I hope they remember that we are the light of the world. That’s what Christ told his followers. You are the salt of the earth. Instead of pointing out the corruption and getting depressed about it, instead of cursing the darkness, let’s turn up the light. If not us, who will?”
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