Why Christianity Doesn’t Need Duck Dynasty (or other Celebrities) by Jordan Hall
Duck Dynasty. I like the show. I even liked it before it became the hot commodity that it is today. The Robertsons are my type of people, redneck people, my tribe. The first time I saw Phil Robertson pray before the meal (back in Season 1 when they were still editing out ‘in Jesus name’ at the end), I could tell the man had prayed a time or two in his life. But what I saw in the Robertsons was what I saw as common place in the Bible belt; cultural Christians.
What I don’t mean to say is that the Robertsons are not actual believers. But here is what I’ve perceived from the show: The Robertsons, although giving a hat-tip to Christianity by the closing prayer at every show and an occasional reference to their church, there is nothing inherently different from the Robertsons’ lifestyle (a better judge of faith than a testimony rehearsed for a Lifeway promo) from any neo-pagan family in the Bible Belt.
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