The patriarch of the Duck Dynasty family says spiritual issues always are at the center of his discussions with President Trump.
Phil Robertson, who starred in the popular reality show series Duck Dynasty (2012-2017) and endorsed Trump during the 2016 general election, made the comments on Fox News while discussing his new book, Jesus Politics: How to Win Back the Soul of America.
“I met with him three times since he was running – the second time via telephone. … The three times I’ve been with him, this was at the center of our discussion,” Robertson said, holding up a Bible for the camera. “I pointed him to Jesus. We talked spiritual matters all three times.”
Robertson appeared on Fox News’ Watters' World two days after Trump and his Democratic opponent, Joe Biden, engaged in a back-and-forth about God, faith and the Democratic party.
Asked about the role of religion in modern-day politics, Robertson said, "Well, if you look at it logically, viewing it through a spiritual lens, you've got the devil on one hand, you got Jesus on the other. And those two forces are coming together. And if you punch the wrong button and go with the wrong person, there's either hell on Earth or there's peace of mind. Jesus – peace of mind. Karl Marx and his adherents – hell on Earth. That's where we are.”
Robertson said his new book, Jesus Politics, is a “glimpse at God’s people on the Earth.”
“Our king is Jesus. … He did what man-based governments can’t do,” Robertson said. “He removed our sin, He guaranteed we’d be raised from the dead, He gives us his Spirit so what comes forth from us is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. I’m trying to help our neighbors, my neighbor, to be like Jesus.”
Robertson is host of a podcast, Unashamed. Duck Dynasty episodes can be viewed on Fox Nation.
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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, the Leaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.