Let me say it loud and clear: America needs Duck Dynasty. It may be among the most important shows on television.
To some, Duck Dynasty may only seem like a silly reality show. It’s 30 minutes of bearded men making duck calls, drinking sweet tea, hunting and blowing stuff up. But that’s just what you see on the surface. If you look more closely, what you will discover is that Duck Dynasty is a biblical show. I do not mean that it is biblical in the sense that the Robertson family leads a 30-minute Bible study. What I mean is that Duck Dynasty is a positive example of Matthew 5:13-16:
“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven”.
The Robertson family provides a taste of salt and a glimpse of light for our culture. In a culture that is tasteless and dark, Duck Dynasty is a show that is well-able to influence us in a positive way. It has worked its way in among the entertainment world and has the ability to change it from the inside-out. It is a modern-day Trojan horse that is fulfilling a biblical mandate.
Our culture needs this. America needs this. America needs Duck Dynasty.
Let me give you 5 examples of why the show provides salt and light:
1. Emphasis on Family
There is hardly a show on TV that focuses more upon family. I’m not talking about a “modern family” or a “new normal” type of family. I’m talking about true family. Husbands have wives. Children have parents. Grandparents are influences in the grandchildren’s lives. The family argues together, plays together, works together and lives together. Each show generally revolves around some minor family conflict. Yet, no matter how difficult the struggle, the Robertson family always comes back together in the end.
It is greatly refreshing to see men have wives. Not only do they have wives, but they also love them. Never in the show do you see one of the Robertson men running after another woman or making comments as if he is unsatisfied in his wife. Here is a picture of marriage that is between one man and one woman. America needs that.
The parents also parent their children. This is true for all generations involved on the show. Parents who watch the show will see examples of discipline, limitations and love as the Robertson parents are active in the lives of their children. America needs to see parents being parents.
An important aspect of the show is the family business, Duck Commander. Here, the Robertson family makes duck calls. While much of the episode generally shows more play than work in the Duck Commander warehouse, the principles of work are evident. The Robertsons are financially successful. They have worked hard and have built a business from scratch. The men work and provide for their families. Miss Kay (the matriarch of the family) works hard to provide the needs for her family at home. With Duck Dynasty, you do not see an example of success without effort. You do not see government dependence. You see principles of work. America needs that.
3. Clean Humor
For some reason, our culture believes that the only ways to be funny are to use terrible language, make crude sexual references every 5 seconds and to somehow include drinking alcohol with it all. With Duck Dynasty, you will see none of this. What you will see is the funniest show currently on television. You don’t have to worry about the cast of the show dropping a cuss word at the very moment your 5-year-old walks by the TV. Instead, the show uses humor based upon the personality traits of each character in a way that will be hilarious to anyone watching. Uncle Si recently explained that he doesn’t go to the doctor because the last time he went, the next thing you know he was back there having open heart surgery! Couple that with one of the Robertson men getting reprimanded at a Homeowner’s Association meeting for having chickens in his yard and you have a great laugh. Humor without filth. America needs that.
4. Men are men and women are women.
Most likely, the first thing you’ll notice about the show is that there are a lot of beards. Big beards. And not on the women, either. These beards are reserved for the men. I know its unbelievable, but the men present themselves as men in the way they look, dress and act. Likewise, the women present themselves as women in the way they look, dress (modestly I might add) and act. There is a clear distinction between a man and a woman. This is a phenomenon you rarely see on television any longer.
The men spend time with the boys teaching them how to be men. They give them warnings of the dangers that await them in the world, but also encourage them to be distinct in their manhood. Likewise, the women teach the girls how to grow up and be women. It seems like it would be natural, but our culture hasn’t seen this clear of a distinction between the genders since Home Improvement in the 1990′s! Its ok for men to be men and for women to be women. And America needs to see it.
5. Public Prayer
The conclusion of each show is always the same; the family is together over a meal and Phil leads his family in prayer. It is not a silly prayer. It is a prayer thanking God for what He has done, in Jesus’ name. Go ahead and Google, “Duck Dynasty Prayer” to see how the simple act of one family praying on TV influences so many. America needs to see that.
America is quickly rotting from its core. Very little in entertainment will point you to truth, morality or Jesus. Even fewer popular avenues of entertainment will give you any of these. With Duck Dynasty, you do not see TV evangelists. What you will taste is salt and what you will see is light. Go ahead and watch for yourselves, Wednesday nights on A&E.
Oh, and men – grow yourselves a beard.