I'll admit it - I'm a little bit Redneck.
Here are some of the things that finally that forced me to accept it: I grew up on a farm, I like driving any type of vehicle through mud as fast as possible, I enjoy hunting - and - last but not least, I LOVE watching Duck Dynasty.
Now admittedly the goatee that I've had for the past year is not even in the same league as the full out beards that the men of the Robertson family wear, but watching last nights episode together with my wife made me realize that I have much more in common with them than I had previously realized. In that particular episode Willie and Jase decided that it would be a good idea to take their "citi-fide" wives deer hunting with them. Because as Jase put it "I love deer hunting and I love my wife. So the two should go great together." Needless to say, things didn't go quite as well as they'd hoped.
This reminded me of the time early on in my relationship with Leanne when I decided that it would be a great idea to take Leanne out paintballing with me and the rest of the boys for exactly the same reason. Two things I love should go great together right? Well not necessarily. As I recall, after Leanne got hit for the first time, she decided that she'd had enough and in order to keep her appeased, I spent the next ten minutes running around the field unarmed while she unloaded on me. Needless to say I never took her paintballing again. Lesson learned. Just because you love two things doesn't mean that they'll go great together.
But this exactly where Duck Dynasty does something that almost no other show on television is doing - they combine good clean entertainment with a clear presentation of the families strong faith in God. At the end of every episode after all of the high-jinx and shenanigans are over, the entire family is seen seated around the dinner table and Phil Robertson prays a simple prayer of thanks and blessing to God. The prayer often includes: "Thank-you for another day on planet earth - thank-you for the great hope we have through Jesus Christ - help us to love you more." I think it's moments like these where the genuine and authentic way in which the Robertson family live out their faith day to day really shines through.
So even if you aren't at the place where you can admit that you've got a little bit of Redneck in you to - if you love Jesus, then you will appreciate what Phil and Willie Robertson have to share in these two video clips - enjoy!
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