“Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson tackles the problems facing America in his new book, Jesus Politics: How to Win Back the Soul of America, and says the solution is a spiritual one, not a political one.
In the book, the New York Times bestselling author bluntly expresses his beliefs about the destructive nature of American politics. As an outspoken Christian, he charges other believers to do everything they can in these times to advance the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth.
Robertson encourages Christians to invite Jesus into the issues facing the nation. He details, from Scripture, how he believes Jesus would respond to the issues of our day by offering a manifesto of how “to do good by King Jesus, bringing the Kingdom of Heaven” to homes, neighborhoods, churches, communities, and the nation.
The following is an edited transcript of The Christian Post’s interview with Robertson, where he journeys through Scripture to share what he believes the problems in America are and how Christians can work to overcome those issues.
CP: What message are you trying to get across through your new book, Jesus Politics?
Robertson: You got to remember, when Jesus got here roughly, by my count, 5,300 years ago, the prediction was made way back in Genesis: “Someone born of a woman would crush the evil one.”
So everyone waited, and in the Old Testament from Genesis all the way through Malachi up to Matthew, it says: “Jesus is coming!” All the prophecies, hundreds. “We’ve got Jesus coming. This is where He’ll be born.” All these prophecies.
Well, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, Jesus is here and John the Baptist was hollering, “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is near.” And then Jesus went out and He preached, “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.” He sent out the disciples, and they all said, “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is near.”
It came, and in Acts Chapter 2, He gave these Apostles the ability to speak in any language worldwide. He sent them out and it reached worldwide, and now there’s about 3 billion of us.
What we’re trying to do through this book is just to get the human race to put their faith in Jesus. He’ll remove their sin and He’ll guarantee them they can be raised from the dead, for crying out loud! All they have to do is love Him and love each other. I just don’t see the downside.
That’s the best deal we’re ever going to get. Someone says, “I think I’ll take my chances without Jesus.” I’m like, “And what chance is that? Cause physical death, as we all know, it’s all around us. It’s coming at some point.” At least with this, I’ve never heard a story that said, “Every wrong thing you ever did won’t be counted against you. Nothing in the future will be counted against you. He’ll be interceding for you back in Heaven. And on top of that, don’t fear death, if you believe in me,” Jesus said. “Even if you die, yet shall you live, and whoever lives and believes in me will never die” [John 11].
Your body goes into the cemetery and your soul, your spirit goes to live with God. And when Jesus returns, He’s going to raise your dead cold body, and it’ll be an immortal body that’ll live forever. I’m like, this is about the best rescue I’ve ever heard of.
So that’s the message we’re getting out there. We’re still trying to get people to just love God, love your neighbor. I’m not asking for the moon here. There’s a lot of people who come down here all the time. So we are making an impact. We can’t stop because God has afforded us to do whatever we do in the Kingdom. I happen to be a proclaimer.
CP: Are you like a voice crying out in the wilderness in these times?
Robertson: In the book of 1 Peter, the Apostle — he’s the one that ran out on Jesus at one time — listen to this, “You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood.” So think about it. When I’m walking down the road and somebody drives by and looks at me, he may say something like, “I wonder where that homeless guy is going? Cause I look a little scruffy.” He would never think I was a member of a royal priesthood and I’m actually a priest in the Kingdom of God.
“We are a chosen people, a holy nation of people belonging to God” [1 Peter 2]. Here’s my point: We’re a Kingdom, a spiritual Kingdom, with Jesus being the King. We bow to Him. He’s a good King because He’s our brother, our friend, our Savior. He’s a great King! He’s never going to desert us. He’ll always be there. He’s removed our sin. He’s going to raise us from the dead, and so we go forth and share that with others because I don’t think it’s a political fix. I call it (the book) Jesus Politics because I wanted them to see it’s a spiritual war we’re in. Not so much a political fix. It’s a spiritual fix.
So we need to get back to God. They ran Him out of our schools, out of Hollywood, out of the news media, and out of the education. I have two degrees. I know I don’t look like I do, but I actually do. Not one of my college professors ever said the word Jesus or God or the Holy Spirit. Not one word in any history class. Nothing!
[In college,] I was just out there getting high, getting drunk, running around — it was the ’60s — until I was 28. I sat down with [someone] and I thought, “He What? God became flesh.” We’re counting time by it. This calendar says 2020. Last year was 2019, 2018, walk it back, you’re going to get to year one. Well, it just so happens that’s when Jesus showed up. Well, I would at least investigate Him.
CP: Jesus Politics exposes the destructive nature of American politics. What inspired the book? Was this some kind of a divine deposit?
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jeannie Law