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  • Writer's pictureThomas Bonifield

Kirk Cameron Calls on Christian Parents to Demonstrate "Genuine Faith"

Updated: Apr 27, 2023

The actor is in the midst of a tour of public readings of his children's book that promotes Biblical wisdom.

Kirk Cameron appears at a recent story-hour reading of his book "As You Grow."
Kirk Cameron appears at a recent story-hour reading of his book "As You Grow." Image: Brave Publishing Co.

In the five months since Kirk Cameron's book As You Grow came out, his efforts to read it aloud to audiences have faced opposition from public libraries and cross-dressing protestors. So, why the pushback against a Christian book for children?

The libraries are against its message - which focuses on the fruit of the Spirit as enumerated in Galatians 5:22-3 - while the protestors joined in because Cameron criticized the libraries for having previously opened their doors to story-hour events featuring so-called drag queens, meaning men dressed as women and adorned with flamboyant makeup. In fact, legal threats from his publisher Brave Publishing Co., demanding equal access for Cameron, ultimately compelled many of the libraries to open their doors to him, as we previously reported.

The cover of Kirk Cameron's children's book "As You Grow."
The cover of Kirk Cameron's children's book "As You Grow." Image: Brave Publishing Co.

In an opinion piece today on Fox News' website, the devout Christian and former star of faith-based films like Fireproof and Lifemark says crowds of parents accompanying children to his events seem panicked by trends in the country: those include the aforementioned drag-queen events and broad, concerted efforts from some educators, politicians and community leaders aimed at the "sexualization of our innocent children," as Cameron puts it.

The 52-year-old husband and father of six focuses on some political aspects of the problem, and you can read about that via the link above if you are interested, but it is the faith-related angle that matters for us. Cameron points out that the goal of the aforementioned "groups of decadent influencers" is to separate children from their parents' influence and a replace the nation's Judeo-Christian values. Cameron cites wisdom from Scripture as the antidote.

"Train up your children in the way they should go. Husbands, love your wives. Wives, honor your husbands. Love God and one another sincerely, from the heart. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Honor one another above yourselves. Don’t be lazy, but work hard. Rejoice in hope. . .be patient in trouble. . .and keep on praying. Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good (Proverbs 22:6; Ephesians 5: 25,33; Romans 12:9-21)."

The actor, author and Trinity Broadcasting Network talk show host plans to continue the public readings of As You Grow - a book that features a young tree facing danger as it matures - and he encourages parents to do their part for their children by showing them "what genuine faith and moral integrity look like."

You can find Cameron's book on the Brave Publishing Co. website at this link, and if you have interest in attending one his story-hour events, check out this page on that same site for locations and dates.


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