‘Duck Dynasty’s’ commander talks faith
    March 15 2013 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

    NASHVILLE – The 8.6 million who viewed the 2013 season premiere of “Duck Dynasty” no doubt enjoy family patriarch Phil Robertson’s antics, from his unkempt beard to promises of poor hygiene. But the fisherman and duck caller with a master’s degree in education also tells a story of faith.
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    Phil Robertson says Jesus rescued him from his “sex, drugs and rock and roll lifestyle.”

    Robertson’s faith walk began in his late 20s during his “sex, drugs and rock and roll lifestyle” when his sister was handing out Christian tracts in a bar where he worked, he said in an interview at LifeWay.com.
     
    “I just decided to follow Him 38 years ago when I heard that He, in fact, was God in flesh. Not only was He God in flesh, it took the blood of God to remove my ‘sex, drugs, and rock and roll’ lifestyle – sin,” Robertson said. “Well, I’m sitting there listening and I’m like, ‘Man, that was a mighty kind thing to do for a scumbag like me.’ Not only that, it wouldn’t do me any good, though, if something could not be done about the six-foot hole I’m going into – and you too, by the way.”

    When the reality show premiered in March 2012 on A&E television, his sons and co-stars told him to contain himself, “because the Hollywood people wouldn’t let him get away with preaching,” Robertson said.

    Robertson’s new book Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander will be available in May. He also tells his story of faith at churches and community events across the U.S.

    Amidst the quackish wisdom, he seeks to model a Christian life.

    “We’re godly people. We really don’t use filthy language. We really do fear God,” Robertson said. “We really do love you; you’re our neighbor. We’re gonna be good to you, really. And, we love you, irregardless of how you feel about us. In other words, our love for you is not contingent upon whether you love us or not. We just love you and ... you say, ‘well I don’t like you.’ I say that’s OK. I love you anyway.

    “I just go on down the road.”
     
    Robertson credits the Lord with his success, sharing his epiphany from a sinful, unfulfilled school teacher to a faithful fisherman and duck caller set on turning his life’s passion into his livelihood.

    After accepting Jesus at age 28, he told his wife ‘Miss Kay’ he would fish the Ouachita River and market and sell the duck call he had created from cedar wood to support her and their four sons.

    “But if you fast-forward 40 years, from the fishing and trying to get the duck call going to where we now are, we have now entered the world of Hollywood. We now have a multi-million-dollar business, and Miss Kay’s line has now become infamous, ‘Phil, I’ve been poor with you ... I’ve been rich with you ... rich is better,’” he said.

    “Therefore, I either was real lucky, there had to have been a lot of coincidences, or God was right all along, ‘Love Me, trust Me, work hard, do what is right and I will bless you and your barns will be filled up, tapped down and running over.’ That’s what happened. It’s either luck or God said, ‘I’ll bless you. You did good.’ I’m leaning toward it was the Almighty.

    “There you go.”

    The entrepreneur was born to a financially stretched family in Vivian, La., and attended Louisiana Tech University on a football scholarship, playing first-string quarterback ahead of Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw. Robertson turned down an opportunity to play pro ball because it would have meant missing duck season, he has said.

    He began making duck calls in a backyard shed, shipping orders, marketing the call to stores and earning a living mostly by fishing. His family business has grown to produce and sell duck calls from a manufacturing plant in Ouachita, Ark., and to market various Duck Commander products in stores across the U.S. and in several countries.

    (EDITOR’S NOTE – Diana Chandler is Baptist Press’ staff writer.) 

     
     
    3/15/2013 2:50:05 PM by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 6 comments
    Filed under: Duck Dynasty, Phil Robertson




Comments
jim roberts
God bless you, and keep spreading the Word.
4/3/2013 10:03:51 PM

Mike
Me and the kids watch you all all the time. I like the philosophy you preach about the family and how important it is. The young generation doesn't hear this too much anymore. Just always keep God in you forefront and first in youall's life, and He will do the rest. Keep up the good work and congratulations!
3/20/2013 10:02:02 AM

Ann Scott
I am evangelist, 70 years old. I travel all over the U.S. I made a gift for Phil and Kay but I need a snail mail address. It is the Robertson name in a Scripture verse. It is just a little something to let them know I love them and am praying for them.
3/16/2013 9:14:00 PM

DANNY L. MATHIS
I love this testimony. I'm sure the Lord is smiling down on you Mr. Phil. I, too, am a Christian. I love the Lord! I am on disability & have been for 11 yrs. I don't know why he put me in this predicament, but He had his reason. I haven't figured it out yet, but it want shake my faith. I do know my wife and my Mother didn't want me on a truck because it's dangerous. So, I'm a retired after 30 years as an over-the-road trucker, driving my own trucks. Mr. Phil, I love the TV show. Even though it's scripted, it's nice not to hear the typical Hollywood foul language. It also shows how families should be. God Bless you, your family & crew, the business & the Duck Dynasty Show!! Love in Christ, Danny Mathis
3/16/2013 3:00:59 PM

mark
GREAT FAMILY , GREAT SHOW
3/15/2013 7:15:35 PM

mark
My wife & I love these guys & their families, we rush home from Wednesday night Bible study to watch even the reruns.
3/15/2013 7:14:09 PM

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