Marriage — it can be wonderful; it can be difficult. It’s an evolving relationship and even at the best of times, it may need personal review.
Kirk Cameron, television and movie star, is here to help. Together, he and his musical guest, Warren Barfield, will bring the Love Worth Fighting For: Marriage Event to St. Louis at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 7, at the First Baptist Church in O’Fallon.
“You take your car in for a tune-up and make sure everything’s running right. Well, we ought to be doing that with our marriages,” Cameron says. “There are so many things that can stress us out and break us down, so Love Worth Fighting For is a chance to make sure your marriage is free of the things that will slow you down and that you’re running it the very best possible way.”
Love Worth Fighting For, sponsored by Feed Your Faith, was originally developed out of Cameron’s hit movie “Fireproof,” a movie about a firefighter attempting to save his marriage. Emails from individuals wanting to save and improve their own marriages provided the spark to expand from the silver screen. So, they held their first event, a four-hour, live version of “Fireproof” in Tennessee — and 9,000 people arrived.
“We thought, ‘Wow, we should keep doing this, this is really helping a lot of people.’ So we continued and we have now been to about 150 cities over the last five years.”
While the event has grown and changed, it is still inspired by “Fireproof” and the faith Cameron lives his life by. It uses a mixture of humor, music, prayer, movie clips and personal stories to aid relationships in a lively way.
“I love seeing the light bulb turn on when people finally really understand how the gospel provides power to have a strong and healthy marriage. When people really understand it, not just as some religious talk, but really understand what Jesus did on the cross for them, it changes everything in your marriage.”
At the core of the tour is simply faith and love: faith in marriage and marriage as a representation of God’s love. The tour has touched more than 200,000 attendees with that simple message.
“I want people to know they can come if they’re single, if they’re married, if they’re divorced,” Cameron said. “It’s all about relationship, and that’s for everybody.”
The 2014 Love Worth Fighting For tour will make more than 30 stops throughout the country. Tickets are available for the O’Fallon event and range from $20 to $35 each. For information and VIP tickets visit the website, www.loveworthfightingfor.com. Tickets, known to quickly sell out, are available as reserved seats or general admission for singles, couples and groups of 10 or more.
Cameron is an actor best known for his role as Mike Seaver on “Growing Pains” from 1985 to 1992. It was during that time, around the age of 17, that he discovered his relationship with God. He didn’t grow up in a religious family, so it was when he slept over at a friend’s and attended church that he found his faith. His own family slowly started trickling into church after. His sister, Candace Cameron, D.J. Tanner on “Full House” and recent finalist on “Dancing with the Stars,” actively lives her life by God, too.
However, as a child star, he often found his faith clashing with Hollywood’s culture. According to the IMDb website, there were times where he refused to do parts of a script unless they were reworked to be less offensive.
“Anything good and valuable is always going to be at odds with those who don’t like it. My definition: Light is always at odds with the dark, the flame always overcomes the darkness. I believe that truth will always be at odds with error, but it will always win in the end. So my goal is to always chase goodness, try to speak the truth and make a positive difference for the world that I’m in.”
Cameron lives in California with his six children with his wife, Chelsea, whom he met on the set of “Growing Pains,” and they live in California. Together, they started an all-expenses-paid retreat for terminally ill and seriously ill children and their family called Camp Firefly.