By: Allie Joy Hudson
4 min. read
Who is Candace Cameron Bure?
Candace Cameron Bure is an actress, producer, talk show panelist, author, wife, and mom of three. She is best known for her role as D.J. Tanner on Full House (and as D.J. Tanner-Fuller on Fuller House), for being a talk show host on The View, and for being “the queen of Christmas” on the Hallmark Channel. Bure is also known for being outspoken about her Christian faith and morals.
Throughout this article series on celebrities who speak out about pornography, we have examined a wide gamut of personalities and faith journeys. We have talked about people who have no religious affiliation to agnostics to brand new Christians. Candace Cameron Bure is definitely on one extreme of the scale here. She became a Christian at age twelve and has lived the past three decades of her life striving to follow Jesus. This provides a unique perspective in that she has lived firmly in her convictions for a long time. She definitely has some solid insight to offer. Let’s dive in.
Bure’s Need for Jesus
Let’s start by examining Bure’s Christian faith and how it impacts her daily life. She says that everything she does is grounded in the Lord. Bure and her husband have been married for 24 years, and Jesus is the foundation of their marriage. Bure says, “Our marriage is grounded in the word of God. That’s really it. God is the core of our marriage, and the foundation and the blueprint for it is how we live, and being open and honest and communicating, but ultimately doing what pleases God, and not in a selfish manner.” It’s refreshing to see the way that Candace Cameron Bure depends on the Lord for all she does.
We need God in everything, from our marriages to our jobs to parenting to our fight for sexual integrity. I love the way that Bure acknowledges her need for and dependence on God. Though things appear happy and healthy on the surface of her life (and I hope that they are), she still claims to need Jesus desperately. So do we.
Lately, Bure says she has been clinging to the reminders in Matt Maher’s song “Lord, I Need You.” Referencing this song in a recent interview, she says, “it’s my everything. It encompasses . . . you know how important my Christian faith is, and it’s the foundation of who I am. And I could pick a Bible verse and there’s a billion that I could give you, but when I need to feel, and when I need a reminder, this song and the lyrics in it are everything.”
Alongside Bure, we too need to cry out, “Lord, I need You.”
Along with her Christian faith, something of paramount importance to Candace Cameron Bure is her family. She says the biggest lesson she has learned would be “keeping what’s most important very close to you. For me, that’s my family. Nothing is more important than them. They’re the ones that will stick with you and be there through the good times and the bad times.” Her husband and her three children mean the world to her.
Bure has talked some about her sexual relationship with her husband, especially when she was on Dancing with the Stars in 2014 and had to figure out boundaries for the show that made her and her husband, Val, feel comfortable. In a 2014 interview, she said, “I’ve been married for 18 years. I am a sexual woman. But, you know, I want to reserve certain things for my husband.” I love that Bure is willing to not only talk about sex when so many in the Church refuse to. But I also appreciate that she recognizes the sacredness of sex within marriage.
God created sex to be a powerful bonding agent between husband and wife exclusively. And while sex in marriage is self-sacrificial and giving, lust and porn are self-centered and only detract from the sexual relationship.
Images That Stick
Candace Cameron Bure has also spoken out about pornography. “[Porn] is such a perversion to me of what sex is supposed to be,” she says. Bure talks about her first exposure to porn around the age of twelve. Thirty years later, she can still picture the pornographic image she was exposed to.
Consuming porn rewires our neural pathways and shrinks the amount of gray matter (associated with cognition) in our brains. Pornographic images can stay in the mind for a long time, and we must forge new, healthy mental patterns to curb our brain’s need for increased sexual stimuli and experience freedom.
Bure has recognized the negative effects that porn has on the mind, heart, and on our society. She is particularly concerned about today’s children being exposed to porn at such a young age. Bure fully supported the 2016 Utah bill to declare porn a public health crisis.
Jesus Wants Our Best
Like Bure, we need to recognize the years-long impact that porn can have on individuals and on their relationships. Porn isn’t some casual thing to ignore, though our culture holds it up as commonplace and even good. Bure uses her status as a positive influence for the Lord. She honors Jesus, her family, and herself when she speaks out and upholds the very things that Jesus holds dear to Himself.
The Lord truly does care for us and for our hearts and minds. He wants what is best for us, and what is best for us is Him. He wants our relationships to thrive. Jesus wants us to know freedom. And He wants us to lean on Him.
Lord, we need You!
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Allie Joy Hudson is first and foremost a daughter of the King. She has worked with Proven Men for two years and serves as the Content Manager. Allie graduated from Liberty University with a B.A. in English and minors in Spanish and Psychology. She completed her Senior Honors Thesis on the presentation of postmodern sexuality in short fiction. She enjoys reading, writing, playing the viola, running, singing, and photography. Allie is passionate about her ever-growing C.S. Lewis collection, cultivating relationships, and proclaiming truth in the twisted arena of postmodern sexuality. Allie lives in Pennsylvania and is overjoyed to be married to the love of her life.