There has been some debate lately about Duck Dynasty. If you haven’t heard of Duck Dynasty, I will fill you in since you must have been under a rock for a while! Duck Dynasty is a reality show about the Robertson family and their multimillion dollar duck call business started by their patriarch, Phil Robertson. They are a bunch of Jesus loving, good ol’ boys from the bayou of Louisiana. The show is a lot of silliness, stories, family bonding and let’s not forget about laughs. My family and I really enjoy it. We do not have cable and we buy any shows we watch from Amazon instant video. There are 2 shows I am willing to spend money on and Duck Dynasty is one.
So why on earth is there a debate about a Jesus loving family that ends each show sitting around the dinner table and praying? Well, it’s because they are part of the Church of Christ. No biggie…. except for one theological stand point. Some see it as a minor (like me), others see it as a major but of course, there is grumblings in the Christian community as the armchair theological referees throw a flag. Church of Christ theology states that in order to be saved one must confess that Jesus is their Lord and be baptized. No biggie, right? Well, it kind of is. Adding in that AND makes all of the difference.
It is my understanding that baptism is an outward act of obedience reflecting a converted heart after hearing the Gospel. (Mark 16:16, acts 2:38, acts 8:35-38) I do not believe it is conditional to salvation. (John 6:47, John 5:24, John 3:36, Ephesians 2:8-9) So Why the big ho-ha? Well mainly because adding in the part of baptism being conditional to salvation is not accurate scripturally. If you really stop and listen you will hear about baptism a lot, especially if you read their book Happy, Happy, Happy (a great book by the way!).
My take on this… Jesus has worked around religion since He first graced the planet 2,000 years ago. He works around our methodology, theology, theories, mistakes, mess ups and just our plain old humanness and gets the Gospel out into the world! The Robinson family unashamedly speak of Jesus. They make no secret who their savior is and who leads their family. Phil’s testimony of a life changed by the power of Jesus is not only humbling but will bring you to tears. The biblical marriage between Miss Kay and Phil is beautiful. The fact that a family is on tv, not because they are so messed up but because they are devoted to each other through the craziness of a family run business is a testimony of grace. They may not always have the kindest words but they always come together, like a real family should. Trust me, that is uncommon and my family is NOT like that… at all. I would love to have a Robertson style family.
All of that said for this, though I disagree with their view on what baptism we do agree on this. Jesus is the only way to heaven. Without Him, you are going to Hell. You should be baptized in obedience to Christ as soon as you are saved. He is faithful. So let’s come to a point of unity on this. We aren’t talking about a grand heresy like false prophesy, gnosticism or needing to be circumcised to be saved, we are talking about baptism, something we all should do anyway!
Let’s quiet this little rumble and see what God is doing. He has blessed a family with a show that gets Him talked about weekly on national TV in front of millions of viewers. Prayer is being watched by millions each week as a family recounts His goodness in their lives that day. A family that is the real version of functional which is kind of dysfunctional, not the white picket fence lie that stirs up discontentment, is in front of a society that has NO idea what a real family should look like. There are great blessings here! If you haven’t watched Duck Dynasty yet you can see it every Wednesday on A&E at 10 pm est/9ct. If you are like me with no TV you can buy the episodes for $1.99 each on Amazon.
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