By Bradlee Locke
One of the most difficult and controversial questions surrounding Christianity is why God allows bad things to happen to good people. Most people have a hard time grasping the concept of suffering within the world and why God allows it to happen.
Christian filmmaker Kirk Cameron, who is known for starring in “Growing Pains,” the Left Behind series and “Fireproof,” is releasing his latest movie titled “Unstoppable,” which will address the topic of good and evil.
“It’s by far the most personal project I have ever made regarding my faith,” Cameron said. “It’s a very transparent documentary where I’m really wrestling with some of my own questions and my own difficulties with my own faith.”
“It’s one thing to work together with professionals on a project; it’s a whole other thing to work together with professionals who share a similar way of looking at the world and looking at the Bible and looking at culture,” said Johnnie Moore, vice president for executive projects at Liberty University. “So Kirk Cameron is really a Liberty type of person and Liberty is a Kirk Cameron type of university.”
The live event will be broadcast in theaters across the nation Tuesday, Sept. 24, from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. The night will include performances from music artists Warren Barfield and Mandisa and a personal introduction from Cameron followed by the film. Another date was recently added for Oct. 3 after demand and popularity spiked with the movie trending at No. 1 on movietickets.com.
“Liberty University and Kirk Cameron have similar values,” Moore said. “We, as an institution, believe in what he is doing. We particularly believe in the message of this film.”
In mid-July, the link to the movie’s website was blocked from Facebook as well as the trailer on YouTube. Facebook labeled the content as “abusive,” “unsafe” and “spammy,” according to Cameron’s Facebook post. The picture of Cameron with “facebook” written on blue tape across his mouth went viral, and Facebook restored the link the next day and apologized. The trailer has since been restored on YouTube as well.
“Trying to see how God is always good from (the perspective of non-Christians) isn’t easy,” said Raymon Narez, senior journalism major. “So the fact that Kirk Cameron is addressing it gives a venue for so many people to show up to and have that opportunity to find out why it is that bad things happen to good people, bad people, everyone, and it’ll, hopefully, open eyes to the love that God has for us all.”
Cameron said this is the “most personal project” he has made to date. For information or places to see the movie, visit unstoppablethemovie.com.