Dear Mainstream Media, Stop Trolling Kirk Cameron
Public figures like Kirk Cameron and tons of others who happen to be Christian often have to deal with the media trolling them in nearly every public interview they face, especially in the mainstream, secular media. The blogs and media sites tend to take things out of context; the whole topic turns into a mixture of modern day persecution in the Western Culture and the lacking of true context for a fair representation of the figure.
In today’s example:
Here’s what the Christian Post’s article headline reads: “Kirk Cameron: God’s Word Instructs Wives to Respect, Follow Their Husband’s Lead”
And here’s what People Magazine’s article reads: “Kirk Cameron: Wives Should ‘Honor and Respect and Follow Their Husband’s Lead’” and “Kirk Cameron Controversial Marriage Advice: Wives Should Follow Husbands”
You see what they did there? People came out with strong choice of words and structure. The way they formed the headline is that Kirk is the one saying that wives should follow husbands, making him appear to be the target for people’s comments and critiques. That means that some people are not going to receive the message because they’ve been manipulated to judge the post before reading it. This seems to be misplaced contention against Kirk, who was simply reminding folks what’s in the New Testament.
The Word is relevant and living even in today’s society that seems to reject it more so by the day. Why? Because it’s a threat to the ever changing status quo in our society and a perceived threat to many people’s entitled freedoms to be whatever they want. But hey, God gives us choices. We can choose to submit to God, to a spouse, or neither. And it breaks my heart to see people not even listen to this needed message for marriage because it’s based on the Word of God, who created the institution in the first place. And unlike human ideas, trends and theories, God is consistent and faithful in what He says and does. He’s not about to change what He said because someone doesn’t agree with Him; He is not the author of confusion nor is He like man that He should lie.
It’s easier when you can place the blame on a person and not the One who created Him because publications like People, compared to Christian online media, tend to focus on people, so it’s interesting that they even covered this story. Without a doubt however, one could see that they and other online mediums are covering the trending story but are not adding anything of substance to it. They are stirring the pot, placing the topic of God’s way of doing things (holy matrimony) in a media channel that promotes everything else but that. So you shouldn’t be surprised when you read their take on the CP’s story, People’s female-focused angle that they approached it with, and adding labels in their language including “controversial” and “conservative.” That’s what the world sees Christians as most of the time. That our beliefs are so extreme and have been around so long we should just forget it altogether because it doesn’t appease everyone’s demands now.
It’s also not a surprise that the feminists or even non-traditional women would approach this article and Kirk Cameron’s stance on the Word as patriarchal, antiquated, religious, and holier-than-thou, with some talking submission as a form of slavery.
I didn’t stay long in the comments section, but many were disagreeing with Kirk Cameron based off of a few quotes here and there. We truly need context to understand his entire message behind Love Worth Fighting For, because people are misunderstanding it as Kirk telling women what to do, when in reality the full article in Christian Post shows Kirk’s statements are based in the Bible, not his own opinion. Also, as these other media outlets seem to neglect, is that Cameron holds the men accountable as well to submission, which is vital in their role as husbands.
I am not married, but if I was I’d be more inclined to learn how to properly fight for my marriage and how to stay faithfully committed. This society today makes marriage seem like something you can just get out of if things get tough, neglecting the promises and vows made to one another. The media tends to glamorize and show more reasons to leave marriage than to stay. There is a large number of people who have marred views on marriage because of what they have experienced and therefore have closed their hearts to God’s truth on it.
So what are we, the media consumers, supposed to do? Out of all of the voices on today’s topics, a disciple of Jesus Christ needs to consider the Lord’s opinion first; to listen for God’s voice on the matter as well. This allows us to approach “controversial” topics with wisdom and grace that can hear people out while providing the context needed that can change hearts back to God.