Some time last year my friend, Jami convinced me to start watching a new show, Duck Dynasty. I was skeptical at first, thinking it would be one of those swamp people reality shows with lots of cussin', spittin', and missing teeth. (Even though Jami is SO not a cussin, spittin', missing teeth type girl!)
It turns out Duck Dynasty is a faith filled, family friendly show about a real life Christian family who became successful in their duck call business.
But it's more than just a clean, entertaining show.
There are several things Duck Dynasty can teach us.
God can use anyone, not matter how weird, to further the gospel.
Seriously! This is great news for us oddballs! Whether you are heavily bearded and wear camo to a formal event, or you have 8 kids who follow you around and call you "Mama", God can use even you!
God can use your situation as a platform to further the gospel.
Most of us don't have reality shows, but we still have an audience. Got kids? There's your audience. Got a blog? There's your audience. Got neighbors? Audience. Friends? Audience. Use the platform you have to spread the love of God to those around you.
God can use imperfection to further the gospel.
The family patriarch, Phil, is very honest about how he was "into sex, drugs, and rock and roll" in his early adult years, and even after he chose marriage and fatherhood. But all that changed when he met Jesus. It turned out to be a beautiful story of redemption that he is happy to share. I wonder how many people can relate to having an imperfect past and wishing to find something to make a different future?
If you are a Christian, your sins are forgiven through Jesus' blood! Spread the news!
God uses those who are willing to be used to further the gospel.
I love the way the sons recall that there were always people, strangers in their home studying the Bible with Phil.
“I would get up for school, and there would be two to three people asleep on the couch, their wet clothes over a chair,” Alan said. “At some point Dad had baptized them in the river near our house.”
There are people who are waiting to hear the good news.
In this video, Willie tells about a famous, hall of fame football player who has wealth, popularity, and success, but he knew he was lacking something that left him discontent. He needed someone to show him the light, and Willie did that.