We are on the eve of a new season of the hit show Duck Dynasty. I was slow to warm up to the show because I typically hate reality shows. My son, however, wanted to watch it and, lo and behold, we became addicted.
If you are one of the few Christians who have never seen Duck Dynasty, here is the breakdown: The Robertson family own and run a highly successful business that is best known for a duck call patented in 1973 by the patriarch of the family, Phil. The show focuses on the drama that occurs between the family members such as the CEO of the business Willie and his employees, including two of his brothers, Jase and Jep, and his eccentric uncle Si, who are always trying to find ways not to work.
The uniqueness of the show, and the reason for its popularity with Christians, is that the Robertson family are open about their faith and end every show with prayer… in Jesus name no less! More importantly, the faith of the family doesn’t just provide Christians with something to watch on Wednesday nights but also may be kicking down doors for the faith with non-believers.
Apologist William Lane Craig recently stated the best defense of the faith is a loving, winsome character. The Robertsons all possess such an affable character. They may rag on one another but they are also quick to forgive and love each other deeply.
It is a great apologetic for non-believers to see evangelical Christians (southern ones at that) who aren’t afraid to talk about sex or have a glass of wine or generally have a good time while remaining loving Christian people. The Robertson family and their dual commitment to the Lord and to be “happy, happy, happy” are doing great things for the Kingdom. We can learn a lot from Duck Dynast.
A few interesting tidbits that you may not know about the Duck Dynasty clan:
(1) Phil Robertson may appear rough but he actually holds a master’s degree in education. Before founding Duck Commander, Phil was a school teacher and was apparently a very popular one.
(2) The Robertson’s eldest son Alan has yet to appear on the show but he has served for several years as an elder and senior pastor of a West Monroe Church where the entire family attends. Phil also serves as an elder. Alan is the only one of the brothers without a beard.
(3) Willie and Korie have other children that have so far refused to be on camera. ”Little Will” is their adopted son.
(4) While Willie is often shown driving a pick-up truck, he actually normally drives a BMW….but it too is painted in camouflage…no joke.
(5) While Duck Commander Martin is often teased, he is actually very intelligent and is working toward a master’s degree at night.