Oh, Mike Seaver, we miss you so!
One-time '80s heartthrob Kirk Cameron reminded us just how long ago it was that we crushed on him on Growing Pains when the evangelical Christian posted a Facebook message — directed at women — instructing them on how to prioritize their lives this holiday season. According to the 44-year-old, all the wives and moms out there should be focused on keeping their homes clean and families happy.
"If you are a mom, if you are a wife, if you're the keeper of your home, I want you to know that your joy is so important this Christmas," says Candace Cameron Bure's big brother. "Because Christmas is about joy and if the joy of the Lord is your strength, remember, the joy of the mom is her children's strength, so don't let anything steal your joy. If you let your joy get stolen, it will sap your strength."
So what are moms supposed to do in the ideal world of Kirk Cameron? Hang garland around the house, bake pies, and sing "A Holly Jolly Christmas," of course. Oh, and have a lot of people over.
"Let your children, your family, see your joy in the way you decorate your home this Christmas, in the food that you cook, the songs you sing, the stories you tell, and the traditions that you keep," he instructs. "Invite your whole neighborhood into your Christmas and invite the world into our story of our king and his kingdom."
There are two reasons why Cameron, who was an atheist until finding religion at age 17, is preaching on this topic. For one, it's for a paycheck. The father of six has a limited-release movie, Saving Christmas, coming out this week about putting "Christ back in Christmas."
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Two? He likes to share his conservative beliefs. In 2012, he ruffled feathers speaking out against homosexuality, calling it "unnatural," "detrimental," and "ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization." Earlier this year, he spoke out about the Grammy Awards, which featured a performance by Macklemore during which 33 couples (gay and straight) were married, calling it an "all out assault on the traditional family" during which "the lines were drawn thick and dark." He used the opportunity to rally people to "work together to create the world we want for our children." (The latter comments were tied to another Christian movie he was promoting at the time.)
While he wasn't a fan of the Hollywood display at the Grammys, there is one famous family out there he thinks gets it right: 19 Kids and Counting stars the Duggars. He recently attended Jessa's wedding and spoke about her decision to wait to have her first kiss at her wedding, calling it, "moral excellence" and a "purity [that] is rare today."
Well, we hope the Duggar ladies have a lot of time to devote to their Christmas preparations to stay on Cameron's good side.