Thursday, September 5, 2013

Thursday Thoughts - Hobby Lobby

It's Thursday, time to share some thoughts...

While I normally steer away from any political posts, 
this one reflects my Christian values and so I am sharing it here.

I received this in an email from another Christian blogger 
(thanks Anita)

I have shared the original and the second email with a link to "correct"

You may not shop at Hobby Lobby, if there isn't one in your area, but this is still very sad.  
Please read this. Such a sad thing for Christians.

Hobby Lobby May Close All their stores.
David Sloan
“The wisdom that comes from above is, first, pure, then peaceable,
gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, without
uncertainty or insincerity.” – James 3:17
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

But now, our government threatens to change all of that.

A new government healthcare 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 c
onception, 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
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 in the liberal media, please pass this on
to all your contacts.
David Green
CEO and Founder of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.
After sending that email, I found another site that said a couple paragraphs were if you want to view something that might be more accurate, here's the link.
I did look before sending, but I guess it wasn't enough looking.

God bless you! =)


Enjoy your Thursday!


Mechelle said...

I have been keeping up with this lawsuit. What a terrible thing that the government is doing forcing this company to go against their beliefs.

Debbie Huffaker said...

So sad the state of our country. I just don't see how God will allow it to continue a lot longer. My heart aches for the situation in Syria and that our country will be willing to send our men and women there to fight.

Ewenique said...

It's pretty outrageous for our government, especially in this time of high unemployment, to try to shut down a large company which provides employment and service to many people. Sadly, the future looks pretty bleak for our children and grandchildren.

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