Young Duck Dynasty star John Luke seems to have grown up right before our very eyes. The 19-year-old recently announced his engagement to 18-year oldÂ Mary Kate McEacharn. In an interview on Entertainment Tonight, he explained why he had a good feeling about his future marriage, and gave a message to all of the critics who say he is too young.
“Our relationship is focused on God,â€ he explained to ET. “The divorce rate is 50% for everyone. But, for Christians who are active in their faith, it is 35% less than that.â€
He continued, “87% of people who have not had sex before they are married have successful marriages… So, for a Christian couple, whose God is at the center of our lives — and you also haven’t had sex — our percentage is, what, like, 90 something? We’re gonna make it!”
The young Robertson proposed to Mary KateÂ with a photo album that included a photo of the engagement ring on the last page. When she glanced up, he was kneeling on the ground and ready to ask her to be his wife.
You just don’t see that kind of romance anymore. No doubt John Luke learned a thing or two from the other men in his family who have successful marriages. John Luke’s grandpa , Phil Robertson, has been married to his wife Miss Kay for 48 years. The couple met and married when she was only 16 years-old.
But the age issue didn’t sit well with everyone. In a controversial videoÂ that surfaced online last year, â€œDuck Dynastyâ€ star Phil Robertson tells a crowd at a Georgia Sportsmen Ministry event that itâ€™s a good idea to marry girls when they are young.
â€œYou got to marry these girls when they are 15 or 16. They’ll pick your ducks,â€ he can be heard saying in the video from 2009.Â â€œLook, you wait until they get to be 20 years old, the only picking thatâ€™s going to take place is your pocket,â€ he tells the audience, who can be heard laughing during his speech.
He advises that men check with a young girlâ€™s parents before making anything official.
â€œYou need to check with mom and dad about that of course.â€
Minutes after that video was released, liberals took to the internet calling him every perverted name in the book. One social media user said,Â â€œPhil Robertson now says men should marry 15 yr old girls. So homosexuality is wrong but being a pedophile isn’t.â€
I think many people have trouble understanding how different things were back then. In a “marriage matters” event, Miss Kay explained to the audience that,Â when you get (a man), you need to keep him for life. One man and one woman for life.â€
It isn’t like that anymore. Family values just aren’t as important as they used to be. That’s why it is so refreshing to hear such a classy young man boast about his love for God, his family and his woman… for life.