Kirk Cameron, Candace Cameron Bure Share Faith Journeys: ‘Nothing Compares to the Joy of Jesus’

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Kirk Cameron, Candace Cameron Bure Share Faith Journeys: ‘Nothing Compares to the Joy of Jesus’

By Movieguide® Contributor

Siblings Kirk Cameron and Candace Cameron Bure are sharing their faith journeys, including the moments they accepted Jesus as their Savior. 

“We didn’t grow up in a Christian home, but Mom was always a believer,” Bure explained

The family started going to church when she was 12, and Bure said she “liked how I felt in church,” adding, “I liked hearing what I was hearing, even if I didn’t understand it.”

As the years went on, Bure said she stopped attending church as regularly and wasn’t reading her Bible. However, after having children and thinking about how she was going to teach them about God, she started diving deeper into her faith. 

“It wasn’t until I saw myself as a sinner that I realized what He did for me, and that changed everything,” Bure said. “I believe I’ve been a Christian since I was 12, but I didn’t start walking with God until I was about 22 or 23 years old.”

Cameron also shared his faith journey, explaining that he was once an atheist. 

“I simply never really thought about God,” he said. 

After attending church with a friend and talking over some of his questions with the father of another friend, Cameron’s thinking shifted. 

“As I continued to ask questions and find answers to my questions, I became persuaded that Jesus really is who He said He is, that the Bible really is the word of God, and the most important decision I could ever make would be to humble myself and trust Jesus Christ as the lord of my life,” he said. 

Cameron concluded, “Of all the things I’ve ever done in my life — of all the people I’ve met, the places I’ve been, all the cool experiences I’ve had — nothing compares to the joy of knowing Jesus Christ as my lord and savior.”

Movieguide® previously reported on Cameron’s faith journey:

He continued, “It wasn’t until I was about 17 years old that somebody took me to church, and I heard a message from a preacher. And I didn’t believe what he was saying, but he did. He was speaking with passion…and guess who the preacher was? Chuck Swindal.”

Cameron left the service feeling more curious about God and went to the father of a friend to talk about proof of God’s existence. His friend’s father told him, “Talk to [God], ask him. But you’ve got to come to him on his terms: humility and faith.”

“I remember praying for the first time and saying, ‘God, if you’re there, I want to know if you’re real. Would you show me? Would you forgive me for the wrong things I’ve done? Would you make me the man you created me to be?’ he recalled. “I had this sense when I finished that perhaps I just spoke to the God of the universe and maybe he would answer me.”

Cameron said, “He was so kind to do more than that. He changed me on the inside, and I began going to church and somebody gave me a Bible, and I began to follow Jesus as the Lord of my life, and everything changed from that point on.”

Today, the siblings both work to share their faith with others through their on-screen work, as well as podcasts and books. 

“I’ve been an outspoken Christian pretty much my whole life. I love sharing my faith with people, and I haven’t always incorporated that in the movies and television shows that I’ve been in over the last 40 years,” Bure told The Christian Post. “But if anyone knows me on a personal level or looked me up, they would know that I’m a woman of faith. As I’ve gotten older, it’s just something that’s become so much more important to me to be able to share my faith within the movies that I produce and star in, as well.”

Cameron said something similar in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, saying, “You have to be true to your higher values.”

“Everybody has to deal with bias,” he continued. “If you draw a line and say, ‘Hey, I’m about truth,’ well, those who aren’t will have a bias against you. If you say you’re about faith in God, you’ll have people stand up and cheer, then you’ll have others who won’t. That’s the way the world works. You have to know what it is that you are willing to take it on the chin for.”

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