Duck Dynasty dad Phil Robertson believes that people dwell on their mistakes too much. He said it’s time to move on and work toward becoming a better person.
Robertson reads from the Bible in a clip from his latest In the Woods video and riffs on the Philippians 3:13. The Bible verse says, “But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
Robertson noted that this is a lesson everyone should heed.
“Okay you lived a hellish life,” he said. “You got on everything from crystal meth to cocaine and drunkenness. Forget all that now that you’ve heard the gospel. Jesus died for you, was buried, and raised from the dead. Now that you’ve believed it, you know you have life and immortality. Forget what’s behind you. Forget it. Get on past that, leave it in the rearview mirror, and say I’m a new creation in Christ Jesus, whether you’re a man or a woman.”
Phil Robertson knows something about this, as he’s been open about his past indiscretions. In a video for the Christian ministry I Am Second, he and his wife, Kay Robertson, candidly discuss their early marital struggles. Kay said Phil would often come home drunk and she would tell their children “it was the devil in him” and not their father. He also cheated on his wife often, having a daughter with one of his affairs. But, eventually, he realized what was important to him and turned to his faith.
“You can only run the sex, drugs, rock ‘n roll so far,” Phil Robertson says in the video, according to PEOPLE. “It’s only when you meet Jesus and you look back at where you were that you end up saying things like, ‘What was I thinking?’ ”
Phil Robertson Calls Our Culture ‘Pathetic’
“I’m looking at our culture right now and I just shake my head and I think ‘pathetic,’” he said. “There’s no right or wrong. The prisons are just brimming, just overflowing. There ain’t no right or wrong. ‘I haven’t done anything bad. I mean, he had plenty of money, he’s not going to miss the few dollars I stole from him.’”
Reading from the Bible, Phil Robertson quotes Proverbs 14:9, adding the world would be a better place if people obeyed it.
“They mock at making amends for sin,” he said. “If you look at the robbery and what people are doing via that internet on how to slick you out of some money. I just shake my head and say, ‘Man, I’d wish they’d read Proverbs and live by it.’”
He asked young people to gain the wisdom to know what is right and what is wrong and have the courage to not follow the crowd.
“Take a stand,” he said. “I’m not going to go out there and act a fool. I stay away from fools. But they’re everywhere.”