Phil Robertson, star of A&E’s Duck Dynasty television show, is well-known for his devout faith and for never being afraid to speak his mind despite the consequences. Mr. Robertson was in the news last year for stirring up a major controversy by speaking out about his feelings on homosexuality. Alan Robertson, his son and minister at the White's Ferry Road Church in West Monroe, LA, has made the news himself now by likening his father to the Biblical figure John the Baptist, reports CNSnews.
Alan is lesser known than some of his brothers and has only made a few appearances on the Duck Dynasty television show. You will recognize him as the non-bearded Robertson. Referring to Phil as a 21st century prophet, Alan Robertson said his father speaks what God tells him to speak. He said prophets do not care about their public image. Describing the impact his father’s one prayer on the television show had on the entire country as phenomenal, he says it is just what his dad does.
“My dad, Phil Robertson, has the heart and the mindset of a prophet, long hair, long beard, naturally camouflaged, he ate off the land and he pointed people to Christ,” he said. In the Bible, John the Baptist was known for wearing camel’s hair, eating locusts and wild honey while living in the Judean wilderness, recognizing and baptizing Jesus, and he certainly stirred up controversy when he spoke. So much so he lost his head. Alan Robertson is clearly referring to his father’s long beard, eating whatever critters he can hunt or fish out of the Louisiana swamp, and stirring up controversy whenever he speaks about his father’s faith and beliefs.
Both John the Baptist and Phil Robertson preach repentance and the need to live a simple life. Both men were scorned by their societies who weren’t interested in their message or their beliefs. “How many people make their way out just to talk to my dad about the good news of Jesus Christ? And so he was a lot like John the Baptist. He is that guy. Now I’m often reminded when I tell people John the Baptist that he also lost his head, for speaking the truth, right? In a culture that really wasn’t prepared to hear truth, and yet, you know what, that doesn’t change my dad’s view at all,” said Alan Robertson.
Despite the risk it held for the Duck Dynasty television show, Phil took his stance and spoke his mind and beliefs about some non-politically correct topics. A ratings giant for the A&E network for years, Duck Dynasty has continued to watch its ratings drastically drop from the show’s former success as viewers continue to drain away. The drop most likely came about to do last year’s controversy surrounding Phil Robertson’s remarks about homosexuality.
He said, “It seems like, to me, a vagina, as a man, would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking. There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin. It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.”
This remark and a few others that followed caused an outcry on the national media from the LGBT community. The Robertson family remains unapologetic, declaring faith comes first. Despite the low television ratings and declining sales for their company Duck Commander, the family carries on and stands together.
Phil Robertson, who is working on writing his own version of the Bible, was suspended from Duck Dynasty by the A&E network because of saying that homosexual behavior was sinful and unnatural, citing Corinthians I (6:9-10). The suspension ignited a national debate about free speech and religious liberty. There was also a massive backlash on social media which compelled A&E to end the suspension.
During a photo slideshow for the Watchmen on the Wall conference attendees, Alan Robertson displayed artists’ depictions of John the Baptist alongside photographs of his father. Robertson said, “These are a couple of renderings I found of John…it looks sort of familiar, does it, to dad?” He continued, “He was a voice of one calling in the wilderness. Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for Him. John’s clothes were made of camel’s hair. He had a leather belt around his waist, his food was locusts and honey, people went out to him. And he said, I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness, make straight the way for the Lord.”
When asked by Fox News’ Sean Hannity about his reaction to all the controversy he has caused Robertson family patriarch had this to say, “Surprised? Not at all, blessed are you when men hate you, when they exclude you, when they insult you and reject your name as evil, Jesus said, because of the Son of Man. Leap for joy because great is your reward in Heaven. It goes with the territory, spiritual warfare. There is a Satan out there, an evil one, and if anyone that looks at our culture doesn't believe it, I would simply say, what, are you blind? It's pretty rough out there.”