Actress Candace Cameron Bure says in a new interview that cancel culture "is real," but Christians must be willing to speak the truth "in love" if the gospel is to flourish.
"You yourself have to walk the walk," Bure said, referencing Christians.
The Great American Family actress and filmmaker made the comments on a new edition of Unapologetic with Julia Jeffress Sadler, which is hosted by Sadler, the author of Pray Big Things.
Sadler asked Bure what advice she would give young Christians who desire to stand on God's Word in a hostile culture.
"It's important that we speak the truth, in love, because nobody's going to change, nobody's going to even listen to you when it comes out angry, when it comes out in a harsh way," Bure said. "It's important that we don't back down."
Bure acknowledged that Christians in other parts of the world "get severely persecuted for their faith," and that persecution in America looks different.
"We've had this cushion here in North America," Bure said. "... Nevertheless, cancel culture is real. And it's difficult. And it's hard. But listen, I just want to encourage [Christians] that you are not the only one. And there are lots of us. And we are always stronger together. And you have to find your community and know the Word of God."
Bure urged Christians to practice their faith in the public square. It makes a difference, she said, when actions mirror one's words.
"You're not just talking the talk, but you yourself have to walk the walk," Bure said. "And when … that truth comes with love and kindness and respect, it goes a whole lot further."
Bure left Hallmark last year to join Great American Family, which was launched by former Hallmark executive Bill Abbott and is available on major cable and satellite outlets as well as on streaming platforms such as FRNDLY.
Bure faced criticism from the left last year when she said, "Great American Family will keep traditional marriage at the core."
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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, the Leaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.