I know this will be unpopular, but I've never needed Duck Dynasty.
We read our Bibles, love owning guns, and say a blessing over our meals too.
Go ahead, unfriend me on Facebook, that will just be my cross to bear...
The first time I watched DD, I told Tammy, "These rednecks have nothing on a Cottongim family reunion!" Uncle Si would get lost in the shuffle. Willie would get beat up. Phil would have to get darker sunglasses. But no one at the reunion would give them a second glance.
It's sad when we Christians get upset over Phil getting slapped on the hand. He is a really nice guy and I believe he's a solid Christian. In fact, I'd say he's a great family role model, but if you think he was filming DD out of the kindness of his heart, you are very naive. They were getting $200 grand an episode and were negotiating for $500 grand an episode, last I heard.
I don't begrudge the Robertsons for making money, for being on a reality show. But if you think the show isn't scripted, then, well maybe you are even more naive. Shows like theirs need conflict and resolution to snag you. How many ways can you play off the funny Beverly Hills Redneck family shtick before you have to manufacture a few complications? Think it over.
For every upset Christian who is ready to boycott this, that, and the other, how often have you said the "truth" in public? How often have you put your neck on the line to stand up for truth? OR is Phil's sanctioning from A&E another way for us to live vicariously through the Robertson family? And, how many infuriated Christians who are pasting long live the Duck Dynasty on every social media outlet, how many have formed a relationship with a homosexual person? Do you have any gay friends...? If so, how have you helped them to see what the Bible teaches? I think if we aren't careful, we'll rescue Phil (who'll be just fine and will never live long enough to spend his fortunes) and we will marginalize the minority of homosexuals that we might have had an influence on... Theologically, I'm not disagreeing with Phil at all -- I'm disagreeing with how we as believers typically interact with the gay/lesbian community.
And finally, everyone seems in an uproar over Phil's GQ interview. Why? Why are we surprised that he would make his own opinion known, and why are people upset when A&E used this to their advantage? The Robertson family was pressuring A&E for more money, and there's only so many ways to rehash the southern charm of the Robertsons... I think A&E has been looking for a way to let the Robertsons go without looking like they slayed their