Although Phil Robertson has never been to a seminary, he does a lot of preaching. Have you ever wondered what he and Miss Kay actually do? After all, it’s Willie Robertson who runs his father’s Duck Commander duck call business. Is he a preacher? Not according to him.
“Trust me when I tell you, I’ve never been to a seminary,” the Patriarch of Duck Dynasty told the crowd at the Western Conservative Summit.
While that is obviously a true statement, his lack of seminary training hasn’t stopped him from preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. In fact, he’s been living it out behind the cameras more so, than in front of them.
The lifestyle that fame has brought Phil and Miss Kay is not what you would expect.
He and his wife work with drunks, people that are going to prison, coming out of prison, in prison, addicts, and prostitutes. Some might call them the dregs of society. Robertson calls them people who need Jesus.
“A couple months ago,” Robertson told the crowd, “I saw two young ladies walk in, and they sat down right in front of me. One of them turned around to me and said,’ Mr. Robertson, could you help me?’ She was emaciated. I said sure girl. Come on, lets talk about it. (I never talk to women alone. Ever.)
“So I got my little troop together, and we went up together and sat down. I said, ‘Honey, you don’t look well. What is your problem?’ How’d you get here? Then said I had just enough for a bus ticket from Arizona.’ Just enough money to come from Arizona and sit in front of me.”
Then he asked her, “So your problem is…” ‘she said I’m a heroin addict.’ Robertson said a couple of months later Miss Kay brought him a note she had sent.
“Thank you for giving me hope.”
That’s it. Miss Kay had helped get her into a little rental house now. The couple helped her get an old clunker. She now has a job, and she is no longer on foot.
According to Robertson, hers is not an uncommon story. In fact, it’s just one of thousands, of people they have helped over the years.
This is what they have always done according to their son Jep Robertson.
Even back when they had very little money, his parents would take in transient people. They would feed them well, let them stay a couple of days, then send them on their way with a little money in their pocket.
“My dad just wanted to share Jesus with people. It didn’t matter what color your skin was, how bad your past is–they were just going to help people out.”
Because there is a difference, for the Robertsons, between being rich and being poor. Being rich means you can help more people. No one needs a seminary to learn that. It must be written on your heart by God’s own hand.