Robertson told CNSNews.com Thursday at the Family Research Council’s “Watchmen on the Wall” pastors’ retreat, “Politics are part of what governs our nation, and so we want that infused with the spiritual and the godly.”
Robertson, who was a speaker at the event that drew hundreds of pastors from across the country, said he had a new perspective now that he is no longer a full-time pastor but is working in the family duck call business and appearing on the cable show.
“For 22 years, I was inside the church – sort of inside my bubble I called it – of just doing my week to week in my own little community, and sometimes you kind of lose sight of the big picture,” Robertson said. “I think as pastors they have to realize we’re a part of the body of Christ that’s worldwide, and so we’ve got to let people know what’s going on.”
Pastors can do that by being a part of the wider culture and political world so that both are influenced by the biblical truths they teach.
“If the cultures crumbles around all our church buildings, then what have we done?” Robertson said.
He said spiritual leaders in Europe have not done so, which has resulted in empty churches and declining cultures.
“You know, I go over to Europe now, and I see empty museums is what [churches have] become, and that’s because they lost connection with culture,” Robertson said. “And so much of it was because they were in the own liturgy, and they were in their own doctrinal debates and discussions, and they lost sight of the culture.
“I want to encourage pastors,” Robertson said. “I mean I feel like I have a broader view now that I’ve been out for the last two years, traveling around the country sort of being a ‘Duck Dynasty’ kind of person.
“But it’s really given me a great perspective, and so I’m encouraging pastors – look, politics are part of what governs our nation and so we want that infused with the spiritual and the godly,” he said.
Robertson engaged the clerics in attendance from the minute he stepped on stage and explained that he was the one Robertson male who does not have a beard, making him somewhat of a misfit in the family.
He said his family is grateful to have the cable show as a platform to share “the good news of Jesus.”