The patriarch of A&E's hit series "Duck Dynasty" told Glenn Beck on Friday that he is waiting for an elected official to say two things: "I love God, and I love you."
"I'm just waiting on those two lines from the guys and gals we elect," Phil Robertson said. "I would just love for, at some point, someone to stand there and say, 'You know what? You elected me. I appreciate it. I want you to know that I love God and I love you, and I am responsible to him one and you second. And I will make every effort to remain a spiritual, holy person while I'm in Washington, D.C.'"
Robertson said he would love to hear a politician say all of his or her decisions will be "vetted" through God's word.
"When is the last time you heard someone actually define political correctness?" Robertson continued. "Because I hear all the talk about it. ... But I said, when are they going to get around to defining it? So I looked up old Noah Webster, the father of public education, his dictionary."
Robertson said the definition was "conforming to what is regarded as orthodox, liberal opinion," and his generation had to "get biblical correctness out of the way" so they could "sit around and smoke dope and expound and present yourself as a know-it-all." Political correctness replaced biblical correctness, he said.
"So basically what ended up [happening], political correctness, in my humble opinion, is in fact idolatry," Robertson remarked. "Or you could say idolatry is political correctness."
Robertson said idolatry and political correctness are "excessive devotion to a thing, an idea, other than God."
More on the discussion, below.
Robertson said American churches are partially at fault for the change in America's culture, because it has become normal to "report in three days a week," and then do whatever you want the rest of the week.
"That's about four or five hours out of 168 in a week that you're supposed to be religious," he said. "You walk down the door, you've worshiped. It's over. And what happened over the last hundred years is that our culture [changed], especially in the last 30. And it's accelerated to a point I never thought I would see, because of our lack of impact, keeping God inside the church buildings, while the government was busily running them out of government, running God out of the entertainment business, running them out of the news media."
The two also spoke about Robertson's path to finding Jesus.
"I've been an immoral heathen, drunken, and I didn't even know what the gospel of Jesus was," Robertson said of his younger years. "I heard it at 28. All I can say is at 28, I coughed up my sins, which there were many. And all I can say is I traveled with the wicked. ... And I've now run with the godly for the last 40."
When asked how he and his family have maintained their faith as they grew increasingly famous, Robertson was clear.
"Fame cannot remove your sin, and all the wealth you can amass, a giant pile of it, it will not resurrect you from the dead," he said. "Therefore, wherever I am, I just remember that principle. Fame and money, you say, 'It's not gonna help you at all with your sin.' ... Once you lose sight of the eternity that has been given to all of us through God, through Jesus, once you lose that, you've lost it all."
Beck couldn't help but ask Robertson about his beard, saying he has tried in vain to grow one of his own.
Robertson responded: "There are two kinds of people on this earth, according to William Shakespeare, who do not have beards. That would be women and youth. I am neither."
"God put whiskers on males. You look at females, no sir," he continued. "So I'm thinking, why would he put hairs on our faces [and] not females? Why would he do it? ... So you would have to get up every morning and scrape them off with a sharp instrument? It's not even logical."
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