Reality Television with Christian Values?
As a student of medical social work, I oftentimes end my days with many serious stressors on my mind. My work involves situations of life and death, and other very heavy events. Because of this, I often find myself coming home and at the least watching one television show to get my mind focused on something funny and light-hearted. My friends and family enjoy giving me a hard time because some of my favorite shows to “wind-down” on are reality television shows. But I try to explain to my loved ones that not all reality shows are similar to “The Kardashians”, and that this world is filled with some good quality reality shows which feature Christian values. Seriously! One of these beloved shows goes by the name of “Duck Dynasty”, and I look forward to introducing you to it if you haven’t met already.
“Duck Dynasty” (DD) is a reality television show featuring the Robertson family from West Monroe, Louisiana. Years ago, the patriarch, Phil Robertson, invented the best duck call in the world, and has forever since been a legend in this industry. Phil’s son, Willie, took the business over, and has transformed it into a multi-million dollar Duck Commander dynasty. DD focuses on different family members within the Robertson family, including (but not limited too) Phil and Miss. Kay (the patriarch and matriarch of the family), Uncle Si (brother to Phil), Willie (Phil’s son and CEO of Duck Commander), and Jase (Phil’s son and creator of duck calls).
The eldest Robertson son, Alan, is actually the local senior pastor at a church in West Monroe, where Phil is an elder, and the whole family attends and is very involved in different ministries. The episodes are filled with hilarious happenings at the Duck Commander warehouse, interactions with Phil, Miss. Kay and their grandchildren, and a lot of family adventures. Every episode ends with the family sitting around the dinner table (usually eating what they freshly hunted that day on their thousand acre property) saying a prayer and having quality family time. It’s truly touching.
It’s honestly quite refreshing to see such an amazing family on TV every week, while watching them interact with things this “city girl” isn’t ever exposed too. One of my favorite prayers that Phil often recites is, “Thank you, Lord, for providing and filling the sky and sea with food for us to eat.” Watching Phil spend so much time with his (very rich) grandchildren, hunting and fishing and showing them how to “live off the land” is honestly one of the most inspirational things I have ever seen. Throughout the episodes we watch grandparents and parents offer their own children and grandchildren valuable life lessons, and constant reminders of the Christian values they uphold. DD is a great show to watch as a whole family and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
“If you can find a nice pretty country girl that can cook and carries her bible, now there’s a woman.” – Phil Robertson