Kirk Cameron recently appeared in an interview on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight.” Cameron was supposed to be on the show to promote his new documentary “Monumental,” but as we see in the interview, Morgan seems to have a different agenda. Rather than questioning Cameron about his film, he guides the discussion into hot-button topics such as homosexuality and abortion.
The dialogue starts when Morgan asks him “Would you tell [your kids] that gay marriage is a sin?”
Cameron begins to respond with, “I would tell my children…what I believe myself, and dealing with these social issues whether it is abortion or gay marriage…” But that wasn’t want Morgan wanted.
“But what do you believe?” Morgan interjects.
Cameron explains that he believes God set marriage up to be between one man and one woman. “Do I support the idea of gay marriage? No, I don’t.”
Still not satisfied with the answer, Morgan probes deeper. “Do you think homosexuality is a sin?”
“I think that it’s unnatural. I think that its detrimental and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization.” And for these comments, Cameron has received a lot of backlash. The problem is, Morgan asked these leading questions already knowing the answer. He already knew where Cameron stood, and practically forced him to make these comments. Is it right that Cameron bear all the flack when Morgan was the one that opened this can of worms?
I have to say, I understand Cameron’s predicament. No, I’m not a public figure, and no, I haven’t made national news for declaring my opposing view on a controversial topic. But, I have been in similar situations. It seems that as soon as people find out that someone disagrees with the idea of homosexuality, they completely disregard their argument on the basis that the opposition must be a bigot.
Piers Morgan showed that he did not understand Cameron’s position in a comment on the March 29th episode of “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno:” “He says he loves gays, but believes that they are responsible for the destruction of civilization. It’s a contrary position.”
First of all, that’s not what he said. He said they are detrimental and destructive, but not responsible. He was saying that they contribute to a falling moral society, not that they directly cause it. As a Bible believing Christian, I completely understand Cameron’s statements and expect nothing less from anyone who calls himself a Christian. So let me try to clear the air.
To answer Piers’ question, according to the Bible, yes, homosexuality is a sin. But so are adultery, divorce, lying, and drunkenness to name a few. Morgan asked what Cameron would say if one of his son’s said he was gay to which Cameron replied, “I’m gonna say there’s all sorts of issues that we need to wrestle through in our lives and just because you feel one way doesn’t mean we should act on everything we feel.” His answers were not exclusive to the sins of sexuality-they apply to all sins across all generations and situations. The feelings of homosexual desire should be restrained the same as when you hold back from hitting that person that just offended you or when you refrain from lying to get out of a sticky situation. Just because we have desire doesn’t mean it is right. Just because we feel something doesn’t mean we should proceed with those feelings.
Next, in an entirely separate statement on NBC’s the Today Show, he said, “I love all people; I hate no one”-not necessarily that he “loved gays.” I think he meant what he said by “all people”, but I also don’t think this should be taken out of context to in any way say that he condones homosexuals. Christians have to live by the old adage “hate the sin, not the sinner.” Unfortunately, many people misunderstand it. Most people emphasize one side of that statement and either hate the sin and the sinner, or love both the person and the sin. It is a very fine line to walk, but it can be done.
Cameron was also careful to point out that he was no better than a homosexual. “You’re speaking to a man who’s a Christian and I believe that all of us are sinful. 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.” The bottom line is that we all have desires to do bad things, but for the preservation of society certain actions should not be accepted or endorsed.