The newest cast member of “Duck Dynasty” stepped down last year from the pulpit to join his family’s duck hunting business. Last week, beardless Alan Robertson made his debut on the hit A&E show that garnered 11.8 million viewers during the premiere.
Just before recording the audio version of his upcoming book “The Duck Commander Devotional,” Robertson spoke with Religion News Service about the show’s success, his beard-growth plans and the family’s faith.
It doesn’t feel like it’s pressed to be funny, but our family has that in us. The way we deal with each other is genuinely funny. Put that together, it’s a recipe for success. None of us would have dreamed that it would be one of the biggest shows on television.
Our faith is the main part of our lives, but it’s better to be subtle. It’s more effective. When Jesus talked in parables, he wanted people to seek and find. I think it’s better that it’s funny, and while faith is there, for people who want more, we have that in our books. We don’t want to make it like ‘The 700 Club for Rednecks.’
Is there a fear that people aren’t going to flock to the message because Christianity is too dumbed down? If you read Jesus’ messages, they weren’t so high-brow that people couldn’t grab on to them. I’m going to go simple all day long. It’s going to be a simple message of truth.