‘Down’ with Jesus
By Leif Johnston
The bearded Robertson clan has suddenly become a part of American pop culture this past year. The family went from being average working-class to one that created duck calls in their hometown of West Monroe, La. This soon developed into a multi-million dollar corporation.
One thing that hasn’t changed about the Robertsons is that their faith in Jesus Christ will always be at the top of their priority list.
Season one aired last March and now the Duck Commanders are in their third season, with the third episode of that season scheduled to air March 13. The ratings of the show rise as audiences get a glimpse of the ins and outs of the Robertson family’s lives.
Reasons for this trend include their unfailing commitments to faith, family and ducks. This may seem like a simple concept, but it is just what many Americans are looking for in a society that is largely frustrated with dramatized, fake reality T.V.
“I think people are especially interested in Duck Dynasty because the Robertsons’ family and friends are outrageous, unpredictable characters, yet they also are relatable and likable. They are God-fearing, family-oriented people who enjoy life,” Jim Miller, director of the mass communication program at Harding University in Searcy, Ark., told the Christian Chronicle.
If you happen to follow the show, you know that Phil Robertson and Si Robertson thoroughly enjoy duck hunting, catching bullfrogs and getting rid of those pesky beavers. But more importantly they cherish the opportunity to let the younger generation know that God should be first in their lives.
The show is aired on A&E, and, unfortunately, some of the strong Christian references were edited out in season two.
This didn’t fly with Phil Robertson as he told the Christian Chronicle in an interview, “They pretty much cut out most of the spiritual things. We say them, but they just don’t run them on the show.”
In the first episode of the current season, the Robertson family sat down to eat, but before they dug into the ducks they had killed in the opening day of season one, they bowed their heads to pray.
But in past seasons as Robertson prays, the words “in Jesus’ name” were edited out.
Josh Reese senior intredisciplinary studies said, “I think it is awesome that they would go the extra mile to make sure Jesus gets the praise. It is good to know that the Robertson family stands behind God ….”
Whether the guys on Duck Dynasty are making duck calls or riding four wheelers, they will end with thanking God. This simple act may have a bigger impact on reality television than what we know.