Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Kirk Cameron: Crackpot Conservative Christian

On CNN last week, mediocre television and B list actor and outspoken conservative Christian Kirk Cameron called homosexuality “unnatural, detrimental and ultimately destructive to the foundations of civilization.” I’ve been paying casual attention to Cameron’s media appearances over the past few years, and as it turns out, the Bible instructs me that he is a person I should avoid. More on that momentarily.

As to his remarks about homosexuals, they don’t jive with my understanding of the world. I have lived all over the country, have held jobs in six different states, and have encountered and befriended a wide variety of people, including numerous homosexuals. Whenever their homosexuality came up in conversation, while some explained that they were primarily interested in the opposite sex, but had curiosities about same sex experiences, and were willing to act out on them; the majority had simply always been attracted to the same gender, from childhood upward. It’s in their nature, and is who they are. They also have in common that they are very passive and peaceful people: not exactly the destructive force undermining civilization that Cameron fears. As for myself, I am a heterosexual, and have never had the slightest curiosity about the homosexual experience; it’s simply not in my nature. But that’s my nature: everyone is different, God made us all, and who am I to comprehend the workings of another person’s mind and heart?

It is also worth mentioning the extraordinarily bizarre and infamous banana video Cameron posted on youtube a few years ago. Cameron and his co-host Ray Comfort’s point was to describe the various ways the banana is the perfect food, as an example of the perfection of God’s creation. (The video failed to acknowledge that the modern banana has been modified through hybridization, because while God’s handiwork was pretty good, man was able to improve it.) The video is so strange in fact, that if you watch it with the volume down, it could easily be misconstrued as a fellatio instructional film. It made this viewer at least, wonder if Cameron and/or Comfort aren’t harboring certain unfulfilled desires.

As to how the Bible instructs me to avoid Christians such as Cameron, it is pretty simple. Several years ago Cameron starred in the atrocious Left Behind film series. The films and novels are absolutely godawful (don’t feel obligated to take my opinion; waste your own time on them and decide for yourself). The films are based on the theory of the Rapture, which is popular in some Christian circles. In the Olivet Discourse, wherein Christ described, with uncanny accuracy, all the signs that would precede His return, he foretold that in the latter days the world would suffer great tribulation such as has never been known, and that after that Christ would come in the clouds with power and glory. The rapture theorists skewer the scriptures to justify their cockamamie belief that the church will first be raptured away, then the non believers will suffer the horrors of the great tribulation, and then Christ will return.

They base their belief on the scripture 1 Thessalonians 4:17. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and so shall we ever be with the Lord. But in order to make their theory fit the chronology of the Bible, they claim the event in first Thessalonians takes place before those described in the Olivet Discourse. The rapture theory was first advanced by a British evangelist named John Darby in the 1830s and is rubbish. The interpretation of the Scriptures is anachronistic; much like if I were to claim that 9/11 happened in 1987, and was a precursor to the Persian Gulf war. The passage in 1 Thessalonians also describes the second coming of Christ; they are not two different occasions, but one and the same. Yet Cameron, by his presence in the films, advocates this blatant misinterpretation of the scriptures. Aside from being irreconcilable with the truth, one aspect of the rapture theory that as a Christian I find particularly repugnant is that it promotes arrogance (a trait which God despises); those who believe they will be raptured away and spared the horrors of the tribulation have judged themselves fit for the kingdom of God, despite the gospel's warning that: they who exalt themselves shall be abased.

So where am I instructed to avoid such as Cameron? In Romans 16:17-18, Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.

Later in the CNN interview Cameron said: “I could stand at the top of the list and say that I need a savior and I need an overhaul of the heart more than anyone.”

Given that Cameron recently addressed CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference, where among other things, he extolled gushing praise of Ronald Reagan, who was an antichrist, I would call Cameron’s self-assessment of his own heart to be spot on; because if he regards a warmonger like Reagan as a great man, and supports conservative policies of aggrandizing the wealthy at the expense of the poor, while continually oppressing them; and attacking women’s rights; and waging needless wars; and despising minorities; and denigrating teachers and other unionized civil servants; and begrudging helping the underprivileged; and basically ignoring the Bible at every turn, insomuch as they do not love their neighbors as themselves; then Cameron has a cold, dark heart that indeed needs an overhaul; for the one he possesses now is not such as God seeks to people the kingdom.