The comments on her post rolled in quickly, and they were a very mixed bag. While some simply encouraged her with comments like, “So thankful that you have found freedom and so proud that you are reaching back to help those who need to learn the truth and find freedom,” quite a few others focused on their disappointment that she appeared with Kirk Cameron.
“Not Kirk Cameron for the Love of God. #runJinger” said one. Another commenter added, “Jinger your words are beautiful and I hope they speak to Kirk who does not always share Christ’s love unconditionally as you do.” A third fan said, “I like and respect Jinger. I used to respect Kirk Cameron but when he started trashing public schools, and aligning himself with extreme right winged groups, I pretty much lost respect. Especially when God calls us to love everyone. Disappointed by this.”
Other commenters defended Cameron, saying things like, “I love how several people said Kirk Cameron is hateful yet not one person could give a single example.”
As of this writing, there are about 730 comments on the post, so I could go on all day, but you get the idea! With Kirk Cameron and the Duggars being controversial in general (I haven’t even mentioned Josh Duggar’s sexual abuse of his sisters and subsequent conviction and imprisonment for child pornography!), I am sure neither will be out of the headlines for long.
No matter which outlet she chooses to spread the word, I am glad Jinger is speaking out about leaving a sect of Christianity that emphasizes legalism and uses fear to ensure “complete obedience” as detailed in “Shiny, Happy People.” (Which, full disclosure, I loved the documentary. I had to take a semester of IBLP teachings at my Christian high school and I knew at the time that is was not good, and am glad the exposé about this false gospel is spreading!)
What do you think about Kirk Cameron? Do you want him to keep being a culture warrior, or focus more on using his platform to simply spread the Gospel?