Kirk Cameron’s “Saving Christmas” Promo Puts a Heavy – and Heretical – Burden on Moms

Kirk Cameron made a movie that came out over the weekend. In this promo for the film he inexplicably puts a heavy burden on moms while trying to sell some movie tickets:

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. 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.

Let your children, your family, see your joy in the way that 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. Invite your whole neighborhood into your Christmas, and invite the world into our story of our king and his kingdom.

Join me and go see “Saving Christmas” November 14.

Let’s break it down.

Moms, Wives, and Joy at Christmas

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.

I like the idea of encouraging people who have a hard time finding joy at Christmas time. If he left it here, perhaps with a follow-up that said “I made a fun movie that might put a smile on your face while we focus on Jesus”, there wouldn’t be much to talk about. But then he says something that borders on blasphemy:

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 …

Certainly the Bible tells us that “the joy of the Lord is your strength.” (Nehemiah 8:10. In context, it looks like Nehemiah is telling people to be strengthened by taking joy in the Lord.) Nowhere are we ever told that the joy of the mother is a child’s strength.

When I told my son about Mr. Cameron’s statement he said, “That means the mom is the vicar of the home?” Apparently so, as well as being a demi-god too: her children, rather than having strength in the joy of the Lord, receive it in the joy of their mom.

How does the mom get the joy that strengthens her children? Mr. Cameron gets to that, but first he cautions that moms can’t let themselves lose their own joy.

… so don’t let anything steal your joy. If you let your joy get stolen it will sap your strength.

I thought he said that the joy of the Lord is the mom’s strength. How can someone steal her joy if it’s actually God’s joy that gives her strength? No one can steal God’s joy from him, can they?

But let’s put aside the nonsense about someone stealing God’s joy for a moment and turn to how Mr. Cameron says moms can prevent anyone from stealing their joy or strength or Christmas.

Christmas Checklist – follow these rules, moms, or no joy for you!

Let your children, your family, see your joy in the way that 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. Invite your whole neighborhood into your Christmas and invite the world into our story of our king and his kingdom.

There you have it, moms. Your joy comes through in home decorating, kitchen duties, having a story in your heart and a song on your lips.

What’s that, mom? You work two jobs, have a hard time affording groceries to put on the table, and you couldn’t even decorate a doll house if your life depended on it? Come on, moms, how on earth do you expect to be able to invite your neighbors – let alone the world – into your Christmas if you haven’t decorated your home beautifully, cooked seasonal delights, and kept the right traditions?

The least you can do is have a song on your lips, for crying out loud, so don’t forget to keep on singing.

Atta girl, mom, there’s joy for you!

Mr. Cameron’s Main Point

With all this talk about joy and Christmas, it’s nice for Mr. Cameron to conclude by reminding us what this is all about:

Join me and go see “Saving Christmas” November 14.

It’s about selling tickets.

What Christmas is really about

Let’s have no more nonsense about decorating, or foods, or keeping the right traditions. We’re the ones in need of saving, not Christmas. It’s about our Savior Jesus, God himself, the Prince of Peace who brings good news to all people.

That’s what Christmas is all about.

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64 Responses to Kirk Cameron’s “Saving Christmas” Promo Puts a Heavy – and Heretical – Burden on Moms

  1. Laura Droege says:

    One observation: Kirk’s never been a mom! Why’s he want to put so much pressure on us?!

    Seriously, the holidays can be a tough time for many people. I know a lot of people with mental illness struggle tremendously through the “season of joy” as they deal with seasonal affect disorder (brought on by the dark and cold days) in addition to all their other mental issues. For anyone who has lost someone in the past year (death, divorce, etc.), the holidays are also tough. I’m sure there are many other types of people who struggle through the holidays and just want them over. They don’t need Kirk Cameron (or anyone else) to put more pressure on them to maintain an appearance of joy that they don’t feel. That’s not true joy, and I think God would prefer us to be honest about our lack of joy than to fake it.

    For those who DO love the holidays and have a heart abounding in joy, bless you! Please try to encourage those who need an extra dose of love and hope.

    • Tim says:

      I thought the same, Laura. The holidays are hard for many people for many reasons. For those who express their faith through the things that Mr. Cameron mentions, wonderful. For those who express it differently, or who struggle as you point out, bless them too.

    • sarah conaway says:

      Girl, I know that’s right! I spent yesterday in bed with a headache all day struggling with pregnancy symptoms. The joy of my life every day is having a husband who comes home from work, cooks dinner, serves it to me, does the dishes, and then emotes about feeling bad because he can’t do more for me. I wish this was the experience of more Christian women. God provided a good husband for me, but I didn’t find him in the Evangelical church.

  2. Jeannie says:

    AMEN to everything Laura just said. Thanks for this post, Tim. Thankfully, “Joy to the World” is so much more than just whether Mom looks happy while she bakes.

  3. Erica M. says:

    I think when it comes to misguided advice like this, the person giving the advice has trouble looking beyond their own situation in life. I find it funny and sweet that the Peanuts Christmas special is the best at explaining what Christmas is really about.

    As for singing, I maintain that The Redneck Days of Christmas does wonders for everyone. 😛

    • Tim says:

      Right, Erica, good point. Too often we slide into the chauvinism of thinking that the way we do things is the way things must perforce be done.

  4. michellevl says:

    The first Christmas (which may well have taken place in the autumn or spring) featured a pregnant teen mom and her betrothed telling a questionable story about her condition showed up in an overcrowded town. How we got from this true story to Mr. Cameron’s fantasy about Saving American Frenzied Christmas is a wonder to me.

    I hope a few overburdened women reading your post will feel a sense of freedom. They don’t need to become Christmas slaves! Thanks, Tim.

  5. Thank you, Tim. The last thing the women (or anyone) I know needs is another externally imposed burden even if done in the name of Jesus. Christmas doesn’t need saving… people do. Linus knew that. We should remember it, too.

  6. I can no longer abide being told by anyone, let alone Kirk Cameron trying to sell tickets to his latest project, to put on a happy face, damnit, don’t feel other things, and stay within the male-sanctioned box. No more.

    • Tim says:

      Solidarity, Sister. Jesus sets us free from those who want to hold us captive to their ways, who wants us to abide by their rules. The only place we are to abide is in Jesus, the One in whom there is wonderful peace and rest.

  7. stephanielynn75 says:

    Well, this is discouraging. I do not enjoy cooking, and as it is just my son and me, I rarely cook very much in the way of holiday feasts. Furthermore, we celebrate Christmas with the extended family, so our Christmas tree is of the sort that you take out of the small box, plug in, and there you have it. It is so disappointing to me that I have damned my son to a lifetime of misery because I don’t cook or decorate the house at Christmas. sigh… I just can’t catch a break!

  8. Abby says:

    This really has nothing to do with your post except the Linus video. I looked that up yesterday because I was reading the passage my daughter is supposed to read for our church Christmas program, and lo and behold, it’s the same verses (different version). I always get weepy listening to Linus telling the Christmas story, no matter what time of year. I’m half tempted to teach my daughter to read the story in the KJV. Anyway, the funny thing about Charlie Brown’s Christmas and Kirk Cameron’s is that Charlie Brown hated commercialism, while Cameron seems to be embracing it. Sad.

    • Tim says:

      I hope your daughter enjoys her time reading God’s word out loud, Abby, and that all who hear her are blessed with the good news of the Gospel.

  9. Bronwyn Lea says:

    Oh dear. We need to save Christmas? I thought the whole point of Christmas was about God’s plan to save us…. “long lay the world, in sin and error pining, til he appeared and the world saw HIS worth.”

    • Tim says:

      Which makes the whole idea that people will see our joy by our trappings of traditionalism all the more weird, right? If what people see is tinsel and lights, we really aren’t showing them anything that places like WalMart and Disneyland aren’t already showing them. (BTW, I love Disneyland and the way they decorate for Christmas. I just don’t think it is a substitute for the gospel.)

    • Aimee Byrd says:

      That’s exactly what I was thinking, Bronwyn!

      Tim, thanks for relieving moms everywhere of this burden!

  10. Anonymous2 says:

    A lot of people don’t realize that 34% of Evangelicals earn less than $30,000 per year (Pew Forum). There’s not much room for discretionary spending in homes with children.

    The best gift families can give is being loving one another in thought, word, and deed.

  11. Dee Parsons says:

    You said “When I told my son about Mr. Cameron’s statement he said, “That means the mom is the vicar of the home?” You have one smart son!

  12. Kirk Cameron’s advice reflects an underlying patriarchy that narrowly defines a woman’s worth and role. Women feel enough pressure at Christmas time without listening to dorks like Cameron. The whole “be happy, be perfect, everyone else is counting on you to not screw up Christmas” message is not just stupid, it’s damaging to women. The admonition to “not let anyone steal your joy,” as you pointed out, is impossible if the joy really comes from God. And the idea that a mom’s joy is her children’s strength is theologically ridiculous, not to mention a recipe for co-dependency. I think that what Cameron is trying to say is “don’t complain or let anyone know that you’re not happy.” Stealing your joy is code for “telling the truth about your life.” Which, as we know, would split the (conservative evangelical) world wide open if it happened.

    • Tim says:

      Great points, Keri. Too many people already feel the pressure of “everyone else is counting on you to not screw up Christmas” (as you put it), so it’s a shame when our Savior’s good news of freeing the oppressed is turned into another opportunity for someone to burden and oppress others as Mr. Cameron is doing.

  13. Well I’m toast. I hate decorating and the work involved in all of the hoopla.
    If a quiet, plain birth of our savior was good enough for the Holy Lord God, why can’t that be good enough for my home? I don’t buy in to all the fanfare and the commercialism. I want my kids to celebrate our savior every day, not just when we can go overboard during December.

    Alright. I’ll go put on my denim skirt and head covering and shut up now.

  14. Tim says:

    “I want my kids to celebrate our savior every day, not just when we can go overboard during December. ”

    Amen to that, detc!

  15. I wonder if Mary remembered to decorate the stable with tinsel and bake the Christmas feast before she got down to the (minor?) business of birthing the Saviour? I wonder if the only joy she felt, among the animal dung, smelly straw and hard stable floor, was the inexpressible joy of the incarnation? I wonder if Joseph was there during the frightening experience of childbirth admonishing her to let no-one steal her joy?

    I wonder when Christian women are going to at last be let out of their ‘joyful homemaker’ boxes? I wonder when men with the views of Kirk Cameron will finally ‘get it’?

    The body of a woman, a gentle, pure hearted woman, was used to house and bring forth the Son of God and Saviour of mankind. I wonder when some Christian men will humble themselves and give womankind the (sincere) respect that warrants.

    Whom the Son sets free is free indeed. Let no one steal our Blood bought freedom, at Christmas, or any other day of the year.

    Thankyou Tim. Your posts are always truthful and without religious pomposity.

    • Tim says:

      Cheryl, I love every single point you made. Jesus set us free from those boxes, from the tyranny of traditionalism, from trying to live up to anyone’s expectations because Jesus has already lived up to everything for us. The joy of the incarnation truly is the joy of Christmas, not the tinsel, lights and making sure the holiday food doesn’t run out.

      Jesus is our joy.

  16. The gentleman is not a mom, is patriarchal, not a woman, obviously not a person in the trenches of church ministry (i.e.; a pastor or staff member or spouse thereof who have family and church expectations galore at the holidays), not a theologian, not my favorite. If you wouldn’t have written this Tim, I never would have known. I don’t pay attention to him. He bothers me so bad. And yet people swoon. These are some of the most chauvinistic comments ever: “Let your children, your family, see your joy in the way that 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. Invite your whole neighborhood into your Christmas and invite the world into our story of our king and his kingdom.”

  17. Ruth says:

    Eek! Is that how I should have been enduring Christmas?! Not with a small family get together, light Christmas lunch outside in the sun, fun sharing discussions and snoozes before present time, and the fun of seeing everyone enjoying giving and recieving? Hubby and father in their reclining chairs chatting and sleeping. Mum and me chatting and walking in the garden, cleaning up a little, interaction with the younger members of the family, often inviting a couple or individuals to join us and share. Just the loveliest day possible. Dad always said a special Christmas grace to mark our day, such beautiful times til mum passed, but still good.
    Boxing day, extended family at my brother’s place for a BBQ, us all joining in and helping and enjoying a swim or at least looking at the pool longingly in cool weather. Again everyone sharing together, four generations, lovely day, never once a negative moment in 15 years or so of this time.
    This I think is not what KC would like, but we sure do, and Christ is our unseen but felt Guest, my, it sounds good, and so it is. And we always took our extra guest to my brother’s place too, so a bigger group for them to share with……thats my idea of Christ celebrated and mums given a fair deal! 🙂

  18. Eric says:

    I sort of get what Kirk Cameron is trying to say, but I’m afraid he doesn’t say it well. This just feeds into the frenzy we all go through at this time of year. Maybe the message goes along with the movie plot. But it ends up sounding just like all those messages we hear on Mothers Day from Proverbs 31 (I always feel bad for the moms who need a boost of encouragement on those days).

    In a broad sense, the real issue to me is how we tend to take the spiritual gifts (love, joy, peace, etc.) and pervert them into something we can work up by our own will. They are gifts, and every gift has a giver. If we are in tune with the Giver, the gifts will follow. Any effort to display the gifts without the power of the Giver can end up being a poor substitute of the real deal.

  19. Jeremy M. says:

    Somehow this just seems like a thinly veiled message for moms to stay at home raising their kids and keeping the home only with a Christmas spin. I mean the joy of the Lord is a wonderful thing, but it just seems kind of tacked on to make the point for moms to be at home with their kids and keeping the home. I mean otherwise you’d think there would be some mention of how dads could give joy to their kids, even if that is a skewed way of looking at it.

    • Tim says:

      It does seem tacked on just to make the point about what moms are supposed to be doing for their families. Good catch, Jeremy.

      • John says:

        I am a little confused here. I agree with the points about placing *unbiblical* expectations on women to do certain things at Christmas or to follow some certain man made traditions. Kirk C. is off track about that. But why is it bad to encourage women to stay at home raising their kids and keeping the home? Isn’t that a *biblical* expectation? I understand that some women are not able to do that because of broken homes or other difficulties, and they need lots of encouragement and help. But is it not a woman’s clear calling if she is married with children to “stay at home raising the kids and keeping the home?” That same principle would apply to a man. A man is called to provide for his household and is worse than an unbeliever if he does not, but that does not apply to men who can’t provide due to difficult circumstances (disabilities or whatever). Don’t we need to be careful about distinguishing between what is biblical and what is merely traditional and not confuse the two? The one is a burden we are called to bear and need encouragement and divine grace to bear; the other is a burden that we are not called to bear or let anyone impose on us.

        • Tim says:

          You raise some interesting questions, John. Is there a Scripture passage you have in mind when talking about a woman’s “clear calling” to stay home and raise children, and a man being “worse than an unbeliever” if he is not the primary breadwinner in the home? Looking at what Bible passages you are thinking of would help me understand your questions better.

          Thanks,
          Tim

        • With all due respect, John, I think it’s possible that you might be the one who needs to carefully distinguish between what is biblical and what is merely traditional. The stay-at-home mom role became a privilege for the wealthy during the Industrial Revolution. Even the famous “Proverbs 31 woman” was a businesswoman who had numerous business ventures (considering a field and buying it, making and selling textiles, etc) outside of her home. As Tim asked, which particular passages say a woman should stay home and raise the kids? You seem willing to make exceptions for those who can’t afford it–does that mean only wealthy people can really live “biblically”? Just curious.

        • Tim says:

          Thanks for making the points about modern economics being something that is a fairly recent phenomenon, Keri. I was thinking the same but didn’t know how to articulate it. First Century Christians did not live in the type of economic realities we have, and their families operated under laws distinct from those that govern society today too.

          Telling a woman she has to stay home and take care of the kids because the Bible says so ignores 1) that the Bible doesn’t really have such a blanket statement in it (most of those passages on home life are clearly descriptive rather than prescriptive), and 2) that families at the time those passages were written had different social structures to live in than we do now.

          There are plenty of principles about living we can glean from Scripture, but those principles are not the same as a prescription for our lives. Our lives are pleasing to God because it is the Spirit of Christ who lives the life of Christ in us. Whether that is in the home or at work or wherever, that is how women and men both live the full life Christ promised us all.

        • John says:

          Sorry– I could not see how to reply to you and Keri (there was no reply icon to click on below your comments) so I will just reply to both here. Let me make a general comment too that I appreciate the courteous way you respond. Some people can get rather feisty when these matters are honestly discussed. From your comments, I think I can see where you are coming from, so from that vantage point, I will present the following for your consideration.

          The passage I was pretty much quoting was Titus 2:3-5 where in verse 5 the word οἰκουρός is used which means:
          Friberg: of one preoccupied with domestic affairs working at home, domestic; possibly substantivally homemaker (TI 2.5)
          Louw-Nida: one who works in the home – ‘one who takes care of the home, homemaker.
          Thayer: caring for the house, working at home: Titus 2:5
          Gingrich: oivkourgo,j, o,n working at home, domestic Tit 2:5

          This woman in Titus 2 is also one who obeys her husband (obedient to their own husbands)– he is the one she serves, much as we find her calling elsewhere in scripture (Eph 5, 1 Pet 3, Prov 31).

          Looking more broadly, I would also include Proverbs 31 where indeed the woman is busy in her community, but is, nevertheless, a domestic. She is caring for the poor and doing some business, but her orientation is homeward toward the care of her household. But be careful with Prov 31 too– that is a picture of an extraordinary woman– a model, but not one that all are able to attain to (such as a slave). Titus 2 is about women who are free to be domestics, but not necessary capable of juggling all that the Prov. 31 woman juggles who does the domestic part and much more (I will illustrate this later). It should also be understood that the Prov 31 woman may not have done all of these things at the same time in her life.

          Moving on, there is the description of the widow who is qualified for financial support from the church as an official servant (1 Tim 5), and when her qualifications are listed, it speaks of a woman who was not career oriented, but known for good works and faithfulness in domestic duties (caring for her children and taking in strangers)– very much like the woman in Proverbs 31. And then there is the passage in 1 Timothy 2 which speaks of women properly being known for good works as opposed to outward adorning or public teaching; and then especially mentions “childbearing” as something very important (I am deliberately avoiding more specific interpretation here) in her life.

          Perhaps I should say again that these passages are speaking of women in normal circumstances. Obviously, a woman that was a slave, in poverty, barren, or unmarried and honourably serving Christ as an unmarried woman are not meant to feel guilty either for not lodging strangers (in the case of a slave or woman in poverty) or for not caring for their children (if they are barren or unmarried), and the slave had to be oriented toward her master and was limited in how much she could be oriented toward her husband if she had one. The Holy Spirit is addressing those who have a choice.

          Keri, I would, also with all due respect to you, beg to differ with you about the industrial revolution being the time when women were able to come home. If anything, it was when many of them went to work because wages were so low for the average worker and many were moved off of their farms. It was, in many cases, worse than slavery working in a factory in Chicago or NYC. I know what you mean though– that there was a time of prosperity that came after that when a lot of women were able to return home. But actually in poorer economies that are not industrialised, it is often a necessity for the mothers to be home-oriented– having to draw water and having to prepare food and look after their children (not being able to send them off to school or put them in daycare even if they wanted to). We need to see that we are actually living in the lap of luxury today.

          One of the difficulties that came of the 1950’s stay at home mom was that good works for the stay at home mom were jettisoned for soap operas and gossip. This led to a degrading of the woman’s role in the home so that they were seen as “not working” and as “not doing anything.” The sad thing is that it was often true. Then the honourable thing was to pursue a career rather than to be a domestic focused on caring for children, so children were sent off to daycare and to after school programs. The health of families today speaks for itself as to the outcome of this change which was a change done in the lap of luxury.

          In response to this I think we need to hear what Titus 2 and the other passages are saying to us today as Christians. We are some of wealthiest people who ever lived on the face of the planet. Most of us have running water and flush toilets, medical care, and food, not to mention phones and computers and books and servants of all kinds delivering things for us and making things for us. This means that the average Christian woman does have a choice in matter (many don’t and I am not speaking of those any more than Paul and Peter were in the passages I have referenced) about whether they can focus on their home. Some are able to do a lot more than just that. I know a wealthy woman of incredible energy who is a CEO in a financial company, but who would pick up her son from school every day and spend the afternoon and evening with him and with her husband (who has more ordinary work) and then stay up late working after the others were in bed and get up before them (sometimes going to bed at 3 am and getting up at 5 am) — very much like the Prov 31 woman. Like the Proverbs 31 woman, she has servants in her home who assist her with the cleaning of her 12 million dollar home which she uses for hospitality (sometimes having 70 or 100 people over). I say this to illustrate that I am not talking about a one size fits all box. I know another woman who graduated from medical school but found that she could not be a doctor and look after her home and chose to come home. She did not have the capacity of the CEO. She has a beautiful family– but not quite as much money as she would have had if she had pursued her medical career.

          I think what I was questioning is the notion that encouraging moms “to stay at home raising their kids and keeping the home” would be a bad thing to do. Perhaps “stay at home” means for you that they literally never go out of the house? In that case– I concur. But if it means that their focus is on their home and on raising their children, that seems to be just what the scripture calls them to do (Prov 31, Titus 2, 1 Tim 2, 1 Tim 5, 1 Pet 3, and I did not mention Ps 128:3). If they can do that and a career at the same time– fine, but I would say it is a rare woman who can do both and that the calling is to be a domestic first and to other things as you are able. For most people, it is only a necessity if you are looking to live in even more luxury than you would be able to do with only one full time income.

          I realise this has gotten quite long. I hope it will be received with love and consideration before the Lord, and I will be curious as to what you have to say in response.

        • Tim says:

          John, thank you for a thoughtful response. I appreciate the way you’ve presented your points, even if I may not agree with all your conclusions.

          P.S. On Proverbs 31, I think she was not a model for women but rather a personification of wisdom for women and men both.

        • John says:

          Thanks Tim,
          On Proverbs 31, yes, I agree that it is not *just* a portrait of a virtuous woman, but I would not be able to say that it is *not* that– we are informed about the thing itself (the virtuous woman) as well as about that which the portrait of her represents– wisdom personified, the church as the bride of Christ her husband, and the church joined with Christ her head before the Father (her husband).

        • ezerkenegedo says:

          Hi John, albeit a very late comment on your well-written and thoughtful reasoning, you have quoted various scriptures concerning a believing woman’s place that have unfortunately been accepted as ‘Christian law’ for centuries. Just wanted to say: 1 Peter 3:1,5 is familiarly understood as ‘a wife obeying her husband’ however the Greek word used is ὑποτασσόμεναι (hypotassomenai) which is made up of three Greek words -though bible commentaries and lexicons only give the first two:

          1. ὑπο -hypó – by, from, in, under, with (always translated as ‘under’ concerning placement in these two verses/contexts)
          2. τάσσω -tássō – (to arrange in an orderly manner) -appoint, determine, ordain, set
          3. μεναι -ménai – ? wiktionary.org gives 2 maybes for consideration as to its possible meaning – μενος – menos – in a ‘passive’ sense / or μένος – ménos – ‘mind’ from men – ‘to think’ (with the following included within its meaning – mind; desire, ardor, wish, purpose; anger; courage, spirit, vigor; power, strength, force; violence.)

          In biblehub.com, HELPS Word-studies- emphasises -concerning the word hypotássō -it meaning as:
          ‘-properly, “under God’s arrangement,” i.e. submitting to the Lord (His plan).’

          In Genesis 2:18 that reveals both the man’s turning to self-independence in the root word of ‘alone’ and God’s solution of an ‘ezer-kenegedo’ (often under-translated as ‘suitable helper’) we find there is no order of authority given, as God names them both Adam and both are given co-rulership over the earth and it’s inhabitants. It is not until after the fall that any hint from God of man’s rule over women is spoken, and that -not a law but rather a warning as to what life will be like for women because of mankind’s continuing sin (seeded in Eden).
          The meaning of ‘ezer-kenegedo’ and its root words that undergird it and aid in its meaning ties in –almost mirroring- the meaning of ménos for the third Greek word making up ‘hypotassomenai’ and makes more sense in the context of both 1 Peter 3:1 and 5, that of a woman being faithful to her husband of marriage –her standing opposite (alongside) and being the strength to him that God designed for his good. This is not necessarily in the sense of obeying his command -as she was designed also to oppose him if required. Rather it is her obeying the Lord first and foremost and loving her husband as herself that can help to lead him to Yeshua – her Savior –if he is an unbeliever.
          To our shame we have been content to allow the sin of entitlement over another to flourish for centuries in the name of Yeshua who ironically left all his glory and power to become as one of us and even in that was ‘crushed’ -accepting death so we might live. He is our example in everything and because of Him -we are no longer under ‘law’ –His grace being extended to us through Yeshua.
          Real power and authority belong only to the Lord, when we ‘lord’ it over others we do violence to His image – in this we cannot but distort the image of God to others and we are alas no different from those of the world.
          We presume meanings from scripture that support our sin and the damage continues…
          ‘How can you say, “We are wise, for we have the law of the LORD,” when actually the lying pen of the scribes has handled it falsely? –Jeremiah 8:8

          We personally need to know what God says about us and walk by faith therein.

          (Titus 2:5 –I think- is more-so advice given to uphold the then societal norm of women working at home (in an exemplary manner) so as not to cause unnecessary offence to the gospel in unbelievers if confronted with a woman’s liberty in Yeshua that may oppose the current society gender ‘laws’. This was a time of intense persecution and the idea was for believers to live in peace within the greater community as much as they were able.)

          Christine

        • Tim says:

          Thanks for the careful and thorough analysis, EK.

  20. sf says:

    I find it odd that he sends a message to Moms instead of to Dads. I agree with your points. Oh for sure, Christmas is a time of dread and sadness for very many. Interesting post, Tim.

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  22. Tony says:

    Okay first, I have a hard time taking anything Kirk Cameron says seriously, considering he’s the poster boy for the trite, saccharine pop-culture religion that passes for “Christianity” in the U.S.

    But having said that, there is at least one Mom I can think of whose joy is absolutely *based on* her Child’s strength! Our Blessed Lady, the Virgin Mary who always lovingly points us to her Son (“do whatever He tells you”), would not be impressed with a flippant condemnation of exalted, God-blessed motherhood.

    • Tony says:

      …of course, now having said *that*…I’m sure this wasn’t Kirk Cameron’s point. To him, I’m just another misguided papist statue-worshiper who desperately needs him and Ray Comfort to come set me straight, ROFL!!!

      • Tim says:

        I’m not sure how he views those who love Jesus, Tony, because his promo video only tells me that he doesn’t understand the real reason we have a Savior (or if he does then he doesn’t express it well at all in that promo).

  23. You are right on the money, Tim. Why, why, why do we (men and women) need so many shoulds! That’s not why Jesus came to us as a human. He came to give us freedom from all those man/woman made rules and expectations. Thank you for sharing this!

  24. MeganC says:

    Maybe I’ve been outside of the legalism camp for so long that I feel like Kirk’s message is just pure weirdness. What do non-Christians think when they see this? They think, “cult”. 😦

  25. Lisa says:

    From his web site: “Kirk won’t let his brother-in-law’s negative take on the season dampen his Christmas spirit. Join Kirk and dive headfirst into all of the joy, celebration, feasting, imagination, and traditions that glorify Jesus as the true “reason for the season.'” IMDB: “Kirk’s fresh look at Christmas provides Christians the chance to see Christ is where He has always been: at the center of our Christmas celebrations and traditions.” I didn’t know Jesus was at the center of gluttony and glitz and overconsumption. “His most recent film, Saving Christmas (2014), gained notoriety for reaching #1 on the IMDb Bottom 100 List within one month of its theatrical release.” Perhaps if he had found a more Christ-like message, such as feed (and clothe) His sheep, the movie would have been better.

    • Tim says:

      The movie poster shows Mr. Cameron running through flying dollar bills while wielding an oversized candy cane as if it were a club. The dissonance between that imagery and the gospel is striking.

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