Phil Robertson, the patriarch behind the beloved television show “Duck Dynasty,” an A&E reality show about his Louisiana family, their Christian life, and their duck hunting business, recently sat down with The Daily Wire’s “Morning Wire” podcast to discuss his newest book — “Uncanceled: Finding Meaning and Peace in a Culture of Accusations, Shame, and Condemnation.” “Uncanceled” was published in February, but Robertson told the Morning Wire that the inspiration behind his book started much earlier than that after he was canceled from the Duck Dynasty TV show for expressing his Christian belief that marriage is between a man and a woman.
Robertson told the Morning Wire that Christians should not be surprised if they are hated by popular culture because it comes with the territory in following Jesus Christ. Yet by spreading the message of the gospel and introducing others to Savior of the World, Christians can also help reorient America back toward respectful conversations with one another and create a culture of peace and forgiveness — something he hopes “Uncanceled” can help bring about. He also emphasized that he does not hate anybody. He loves everybody and wants them to know and love Jesus, too.
Robertson explained he was “fired” from “Duck Dynasty” in 2014 for quoting the Bible in response to a question about whether gay marriage or not was a sin. He was accused of hating all gay people, and lost advertisers due to boycotts, costing A&E $10 million. He was placed on “indefinite hiatus” and he did not retaliate against his enemies, but turned to the Bible for guidance.
While reading Scripture, he came across a letter from Paul to Timothy that resonated with the current time America was living in, and what he experienced thanks to an unruly public lacking Christian principles.
“‘Mark this,’ the apostle Paul wrote this to Timothy, a young preacher, so the apostle Paul, when he said, ‘Mark, this,’ that means you better pay attention to this one. ‘There will be terrible times. In the last days, people will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive disobedient to their parents, ungrateful unholy,’ and — check this out — ‘without love and unforgiving.’” Robertson told Morning Wire host John Bickley.
“Well, when I read that, I said, ‘Well, that’s what the people that are running around canceling everybody trying to ostracize them,’” he continued. “They’re trying to accuse them. They trying to shame them. They’re trying to condemn them. And they themselves are like all other humans.”
“We all have sins, all of us, but this bunch,” Robertson said of the Left, “they are unforgiving — meaning if one of our founders made a mistake, whatever, any kind of mistake they will not forgive for a second.”
“So, I just thought I needed to liven it up a little bit and show them that we love them,” he said as to why he wrote the book.
“Everybody’s a sinner and we all make mistakes, but this bunch cuts us no slack,” Robertson added of those who partake in cancel culture.
Robertson affirmed it was his “duty” as a Christian to echo what the Bible says, which is another reason why we he wrote the book.
When asked if the intended audience will hear the book, Robertson responded, “I don’t know what they will, how they will respond to this. I just thought it was needed.”
Robertson also told the Morning Wire that at age 28, he heard for the first time that Christ loves all and forgives all sins for those who ask for repentance. When he heard that message, he said, “I think I’m on the wrong side of this thing,” and has been following Christ ever since.
“These people come along,” Robertson said of his haters, “And they begin to persecute me and hate me for living a Godly life in Christ Jesus. And I love them.”
“And so does Jesus, and they’re sitting there condemning us, and not forgiving us like, like the Lord did,” he continued.
“So the weight of their behavior, — trust me —when I tell you is going to come up them, and it’s not going to be a pretty picture,” he added, “So I’m hoping that they’ll embrace Jesus and that they will love God.”
“All Jesus said we need to do at the end of the day is love God and love our neighbor,” he remarked. “You just think about it, it’s simple, but that is very profound, my man.”
At age 75, Robertson also recently started a podcast, despite never owning a cell phone and having little experience with computers. But, he realized it would allow him to spread the Word of God to millions of people.
Portions of the “Morning Wire” interview with Robertson will be out later this month. “Uncanceled” can be purchased here.
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