Sometime since the end of Duck Dynasty’s season 2, I have noticed that my family’s vocabulary has slightly changed. Phrases that were once spoken only in jest are now becoming family standards . It is nothing to hear a “Happy, happy, happy” or an assertive “Jack” in normal conversation. My “Hey” t-shirt has become standard wear on Saturdays. Confidence in my ability to bust up beaver dams has never been higher. I even found myself checking out the camo in Wal-Mart the other day.
Needless to say, I am excited for Duck Dynasty season 3. The beards are back, Jack.
Experts say that the 3rd year of anything is crucial. It is the “make it” or “break it” year. Year 3 can be a turning point for when a business, organization or even TV show can go down one road or another. To this point, Duck Dynasty has done a better job than any other current show at being salt and light in a culture of darkness. The fame and success from the show is unquestionable. But what season 3 will tell us is whether or not they will build upon the foundation that has been laid or else succumb to the pressure to be like everything else in entertainment.
My hope is that the Duck Nation will continue to taste salt and see light.
Here are three things I would like to see, from a biblical perspective, in season 3:
1. MORE – I want to see more Redneck White Belly. OK, no one really wants to see something called Redneck White Belly, but we do need more of its kind. Redneck White Belly is just an example of the comedy that is based upon the lives and personalities of the Robertsons. This is different from most other shows which rely on “shocking” the viewer through raunchy one-liners that are not funny at all. Laughter and a joyful heart are good medicine (Proverbs 17:22), and we need to see more clean comedy.
2. LESS – If there is one complaint that I’ve heard from other Christians, it is that the sex talk will sometimes get a little out of hand. While I am happy, happy, happy that the show portrays faithful, healthy marriages, we do not want to hear the personal details of those marriages. My hope is that we see the joy of marriage portrayed in more appropriate ways.
3. THE SAME – Let’s see the same attempts to bring Jesus into the conversation. It seems that TV will allow talk of “God” or the “Almighty”, but generally puts on the brakes when the name of Jesus is mentioned. The show has been able to successfully reference God in a pleasing way several times. The name of Jesus has been worked into one episode, but I am confident that it is not due to lack of effort. I hope to see the same amount of effort of honor His name, no matter what happens in the A&E editing room.
I encourage you to check back on the blog often for cultural analysis of the new episodes from a biblical perspective!