(CNSNews.com) – The prayer of thanks to God offered at the end of each episode of Duck Dynasty is what helped make patriarch Phil Robertson into an influential Christian speaker, even “a prophet,” said his son Alan Robertson, who added that in one of the early prayers for the show his father had called upon the Hollywood backers of the program to “repent” before God burned them all “in the end.”
“And so everybody bowed their head around the time for the prayer and they said, ‘Okay, Mr. Phil, if you would start the prayer,’” recounted Alan Robertson at the Family Research Council’s recent “Watchmen on the Wall” ministry gathering in Washington, D.C.
“And he [Phil] said, ‘Lord I just pray today for this group that’s here from Hollywood, California. I pray that they would repent and turn to you before you burn ‘em all in the end. And they probably won’t run this, but in the name of your Son Jesus, Amen.’ So he looked up, you know, and everybody’s eyes were this big around,” said Alan Robertson.
Alan, who is an ordained Christian preacher and a member of the Duck Dynasty cast, recounted that story while explaining that his father, who is a born-again Christian, is frequently asked by people to talk about the Bible and to sometimes offer spiritual guidance.
Because of the televised family prayer each week, Phil Robertson’s outspoken views on faith and culture, and the popularity of the program – Duck Dynasty is the highest rated reality-TV show in cable history – the family has “had to put up a gate” around its house because people travel to the property, said Alan Robertson.
“[M]any people make their way out just to talk to my Dad about the good news of Jesus Christ,” he said. “What’s interesting is how it came to be is phenomenal.”
“It really was just one prayer on a televised show,” said Alan Robertson.
He then explained in more detail how the prayer scene unfolded.
“Now nobody knew our show was going to be as popular as it was,” said Alan. “You know, there’s reality shows all over the place about all kind of different families and all kind of different crazy scenarios and you can usually tell when a reality TV show is on, even if you’re not in the room for all the beeping that’s going on from the other room, right? Because usually it’s not the sort of thing you would want to watch or you would want your children to watch or you certainly wouldn’t want your church to watch.
“Our show was something very different,” he said. “We sat down for the family prayer and we filmed it around the table. Because we realized that we want to get a message kind of upstairs or up to New York or over to L.A., you do something on camera because everybody watches that.”
He continued, “And so everybody bowed their head around the time for the prayer and they said, ‘Okay, Mr. Phil, if you would start the prayer.’ And he said, ‘Lord I just pray today for this group that’s here from Hollywood, California. I pray that they would repent and turn to you before you burn ‘em all in the end. And they probably won’t run this, but in the name of your Son Jesus, Amen.’ So he looked up, you know, and everybody’s eyes were this big around.”
Duck Dynasty is now in its sixth season and is broadcast on the A&E cable channel. It currently is seen by an average 10.5 million viewers each week.