For the past seven years, actor Kirk Cameron, perhaps best known for his role as Mike Seaver on the TV show Growing Pains, has gone on the road to talk about building meaningful relationships and using them to make a real difference.
“There’s one relationship in your life, next to your relationship with God, that is the most important on the planet, and that’s your relationship with your husband or with your wife,” Cameron said recently during a telephone interview. “If you’re right with God, and you’re right with your husband or your wife, now you’ve got a solid foundation to build the rest of your life on.”
Cameron shares his message through the “Love Worth Fighting For” tour, which comes to Lexington on Saturday. It is inspired by the 2008 film Fireproof, in which Cameron starred. He played firefighter Caleb Holt, whose marriage is in crisis. In an attempt to save it he uses a 40-day experiment, “The Love Dare,” and changes the way he treats his wife.
During the event at Quest Community Church, Cameron hopes to provide wisdom about the pillars of a strong marriage through prayer, singing, comedic stories, and life experiences.
“You’re going to laugh, you’re going to sing, you’re going to pray, and you’re going to learn, hopefully together, how to fireproof your marriage,” he said.
Cameron credits his faith in Christ for his fireproof relationship with his wife, actress Chelsea Noble, who played his girlfriend Kate on Growing Pains. They will be married 25 years in July. In today’s society, such milestones are few and far between, he said, noting that an estimated 42 million adults have been divorced more than once.
Marriage is a school where you learn how to love one another. In order to love another person, whom you understand is not perfect, either, you have to be selfless — more like Christ.
From a biblical stance — which Cameron adopts as the backbone of his tour’s message — failing to replicate the qualities of Christ, such as selflessness, can prove detrimental to a marriage.
“Ultimately it comes down to selfishness, and that’s what I love about the Love Worth Fighting For marriage event,” Cameron said. “We talk about the things that destroy marriages, and we talk about how to destroy them before they destroy your marriage.”
Organizers say the event isn’t limited to married couples; it can provide insight and encouragement that can overflow into any relationship.
Warren Barfield, a North Carolina-born singer/songwriter and longtime friend of Cameron who wrote and sang Love Is Not a Fight for Fireproof, will provide music and comedic personal stories.
“Marriage is a school where you learn how to love one another,” Cameron said. “In order to love another person, whom you understand is not perfect, either, you have to be selfless — more like Christ.”
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If you go
Love Worth Fighting For marriage event
When: 4 p.m., Jan. 31
Where: Quest Community Church, 410 Sporting Court, Lexington
Cost: $50 for VIP with autograph session and pre-event question and answer; $35 for gold circle seats; $22.50 general admission; $20 for groups of 10 or more.
Tickets: 1-800-965-9324 or Itickets.com/events/354388