Men that have hazarded their lives
for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
– Acts 15:26.
The Bible informs us that “Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight” (Isaiah 40:4 – language also familiar from Händel’s Messiah).
The Dukes of Hazzard theme song (from the tv show, anyway; I didn’t see the movie) describes its protagonists as “straightenin’ the curves” and “flattenin’ the hills.”
What is Waylon Jennings trying to tell us? Clearly that Bo and Luke Duke are a metaphor for the Messiah. (Why two brothers to represent one man? No doubt to represent Christ’s two natures, one divine and one human – though which represents which I tremble to say. But the picture on the right is unmistakably signifying that the two brothers are one. And anyway “Dukes” is obviously to be interpreted as dux, the Latin for “leader,” in the singular.)
And if the Duke brothers are the Messiah, then surely Boss Hogg must represent Satan, the “Prince of this world.” C. S. Lewis, move over!
I’ll spare you any attempt to assign theological meanings to the other characters….