The 'Duck Dynasty' Men's Path Back From Drugs and Despair
Three men of the "Duck Dynasty" empire — Phil Robertson, Jep Robertson, and Reed Robertson — opened up about their paths to Jesus for a 30-minute documentary on IamSecond.com. "Dynasty" matriarch Kay Robertson also contributes and gets teary-eyed more than a few times. She recalls telling A&E that her family was not going to fake any fights for the cameras. And they certainly didn't pull any punches in this moving, intimate documentary.
Life Before Jesus: Phil compares growing up poor in the 1950s to growing up in the 1850s. His family had a log cabin house, no indoor plumbing, no Coca Cola. He met Miss Kay when she was just 14 years old. They married when he was 17 and when Kay was 16 and started a family while Phil was at Louisiana Tech on a football scholarship.
Kay noticed a change in her young husband when he started spending more time with the football team. As their family expanded, Phil was happy but drinking more than ever, taking drugs and "running around" with other women. When a guy who came into his bar wanted to talk about Jesus Christ, Phil sent him on his way.
Things hit a new low when Phil got into a barroom brawl and told Kay that he had to run away for months. She describes that time as "the nightmare of my life" and recalls, "I told [my sons], 'That's not your daddy. That's the devil in your daddy.'"
Turning Point: Kay suggested Phil see that man who came in with the Bible. And Phil was promptly blown away by the gospel. "How in the world did I ever miss that?" he marvels. He was baptized soon after. Kay beams as she recalls their sons rejoicing, "My daddy is saved!"
Life With Faith: It wasn't easy for Phil to "be good to your enemies," according to the Bible's rule, but he tried. He was plagued by "river rats" who robbed fish from his nets. He approached the thieves with a gun and told them to take whatever fish they'd come for. And that was the end of thievery. He credits all of his financial success to "the Almighty."
Jep Robertson, Phil and Miss Kay's youngest son
Life Before Jesus: Jep grew up admiring his parents for their spirituality and generosity. Nonetheless, when he turned 18, he made some new friends and started experimenting with "anything that was put in front of me." He even smoked a joint dipped in formaldehyde known as a "wet daddy." After one particularly nasty bender, he woke up in his truck unsure of whether or not he had "run over somebody."