In an age of Hollywood moral meltdown, this writer prayed to find an actor who openly proclaimed their faith for all to see. While viewing the opening episode of live realty TV show “Dancing With the Stars (DWTS)”, we found one. In her initial interview after becoming a contestant, Candace Cameron Bure (pronounced ber-ray), a child star who played D.J. Tanner in the sit-com Full House, made her faith known to professional dancing partner Mark Ballas.
Her first words on the show, after squealing and introducing Mark to her family were, “The two most important things in my life are my faith and my family, and I know that’s exactly what’s going to help me through this competition.” She went on to explain that as a mom of three kids she wanted to look good and feel beautiful, but she wasn’t going to be a “sexy girl” and would prefer more modest wardrobe choices. That being said, Candace added that while she is sweet, compassionate and sensitive, she’s also competitive.
Candace also shared that she went on DWTS to show her children how they should try anything because “excuses are for losers.” Her first dance, a contemporary number performed to “Burn” by Ellie Goulding, received a score of nine from one of the judges, a rare accomplishment in the first week of competition. In week two Candace stepped out of her comfort zone and performed a Rumba, a dance known for its sensuality. Prior to practice she stated, “I’m a Christian, my life revolves around Jesus Christ. So with the overall tone of the dance, the costumes, my voice will definitely be heard.” When Mark wanted to dance shirtless, she overruled him.
Candace is very active in her faith. She is the author of several books including Reshaping It All: Motivation for Physical and Spiritual Fitness. She also does speaking engagements. In 2013 she gave a talk at Extraordinary Women Ministries. On Candace’s official site she shares her testimony of how she came to believe in Lord Jesus.
Cameron’s faith may come as no surprise since she is the sister of Kirk Cameron of the movie “Fireproof“ fame, who also played Buck Williams in the Left Behind series. Kirk was acting in “Growing Pains” while Candace was in “Full House”. It was while he was on this series that he became a born-again Christian at the age of 17. He is the co-founder of an evangelistic ministry, The Way of the Master, and currently hosts a TV show of the same name.
These famous siblings are an inspiration to believers everywhere. Especially to those who find themselves in the public arena. You can be successful, and still let your faith be known.
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