Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Wednesday - Christ in CHRISTmas and Hobby Lobby

Before I get to other things, I want to share this beautiful Collection
Certainly made my morning for me!
Christ is what CHRISTmas is all about!
I was thrilled to see this lovely Collection!


Isn't is lovely!?!

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This came in my email this morning and I thought I should share it here


A Letter from Hobby Lobby Stores CEO
By David Green, the founder and CEO of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.

When my family and I started our company 40 years ago, we were working out of a garage on a $600 bank loan, assembling miniature picture frames. Our first retail store wasn't much bigger than most people's living rooms, but we had faith that we would succeed if we lived and worked according to God's word. From there,Hobby Lobby has become one of the nation's largest arts and crafts retailers, with more than 500 locations in 41 states. Our children grew up into fine business leaders, and today we run Hobby Lobby together, as a family.

We're Christians, and we run our business on Christian principles. I've always said that the first two goals of our business are (1) to run our business in harmony with God's laws, and (2) to focus on people more than money. And that's what we've tried to do. We close early so our employees can see their families at night. We keep our stores closed on Sundays, one of the week's biggest shopping days, so that our workers and their families can enjoy a day of rest. We believe that it is by God's grace that Hobby Lobby has endured, and he has blessed us and our employees. We've not only added jobs in a weak economy, we've raised wages for the past four years in a row. Our full-time employees start at 80% above minimum wage.

But now, our government threatens to change all of that. A new government health care mandate says that our family business MUST provide what I believe are abortion-causing drugs as part of our health insurance. Being Christians, we don't pay for drugs that might cause abortions, which means that we don't cover emergency contraception, the morning-after pill or the week-after pill. We believe doing so might end a life after the moment of conception, something that is contrary to our most important beliefs. It goes against the Biblical principles on which we have run this company since day one. If we refuse to comply, we could face $1.3 million PER DAY in government fines.

Our government threatens to fine job creators in a bad economy. Our government threatens to fine a company that's raised wages four years running. Our government threatens to fine a family for running its business according to its beliefs. It's not right. I know people will say we ought to follow the rules; that it's the same for everybody. But that's not true. The government has exempted thousands of companies from this mandate, for reasons of convenience or cost. But it won't exempt them for reasons of religious belief.

So, Hobby Lobby and my family are forced to make a choice. With great reluctance, we filed a lawsuit today, represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, asking a federal court to stop this mandate before it hurts our business. We don't like to go running into court, but we no longer have a choice. We believe people are more important than the bottom line and that honoring God is more important than turning a profit.

My family has lived the American dream. We want to continue growing our company and providing great jobs for thousands of employees, but the government is going to make that much more difficult. The government is forcing us to choose between following our faith and following the law. I say that's a choice no American and no American business should have to make.
The government cannot force you to follow laws that go against your fundamental religious belief. They have exempted thousands of companies but will not except Christian organizations including the Catholic church.
Since you will not see this covered in any of the liberal media, pass this on to all your contacts.

David Green, CEO and Founder of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. 

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Debbie said...

I love Hobby Lobby and what they stand for thanks for sharing and I will too,

First Light Glass said...

Thanks for sharing! I've always appreciated the fact that they are closed on Sundays for their employees to go to church.

ShadowDogDesigns said...

I have heard all about the threatened suit, etc. on NPR and understand their beliefs and stance. I don't shop Hobby Lobby because not once, but twice, I received EXTREMELY LOUSY customer service from them when I tried to return items purchased which were NOT as they were represented. Left a very bad taste in my mouth. I would rather drive several miles to a Michael's than go down the street to the nearest Hobby Lobby. Just my two cents worth.

Jen said...

Wow! I love Hobby Lobby too and was not aware of any of this! Thanks for sharing, I will pass it on.

Charity said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog over at Giveaway Lady. And thank you for sharing this. I appreciate the stand they are taking and am supporting them 100%.

Debbie Huffaker said...

I'm so proud of the CEO of HOBBY LOBBY for taking a stand for CHRISTians, since the world and yes, even the US Government want to bring us down and penalize us for our beliefs. It's such a sad state of affairs we're living in. I know he didn't want to file the lawsuit. Let's all stand behind him and his family and their beliefs in prayerful support!

Roban Studio said...

Thank you for the shout out on the ArtFire collection. ♥

I like Hobby Lobby as well and am glad they are sticking to their values. We need more of that in this world! Some may have had a bad shopping experience, but you find that everywhere and it doesn't mean it's a bad business. We all have off days!

Christie Cottage said...

I personally have not had a bad experience at Hobby Lobby. Of course, it is a long way from here and I am always so thrilled to shop there when I have the money to shop and gas money for the 1 -1/2 hour drive that I would be oblivious to anything! LOL

I just love it that they are standing up for their morals.

I support Christian business in any way I can. Since I don't have shopping money, I am supporting them by sharing the letter here.

Thanks for all the comments!


Mechelle said...

Yeah, I have heard of this the past few days. Liberty University is also suing the government. I suopport a faith based organization or company to have the right to not support actions which are against our Christian values.

2justByou said...

First off I'll say that the collection above is one of the best Christmas collections I've ever seen!

Next, I've sadly never been to a Hobby Lobby, but I've heard that the stores are absolutely amazing for avid crafters. Thank you for sharing the letter here, because I doubt I would have seen it otherwise. The owners of Hobby Lobby are probably not the only ones to file suit. We'll have to wait and see what happens.


Sheryl Hastings said...

What an enlightening post. I love Hobby Lobby and I love the fact that they have values and aren't afraid to show it.

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