I know Hobby Lobby well.
Back my homeschooling days, it was my home away from home.
Hobby Lobby defies a simple description. Christian-based Hobby Lobby is an office supply/book/homeschooling supply/music/video/art store for Christians. If you're looking for a great choice of Bible translations, a Christian statue for your garden or the best math book for your homeschool, Hobby Lobby has it. Their supply of Christian music is superb, as are their videos, especially for children.
I've spent many happy hours wandering the aisles at my local Hobby Lobby. Two of my Catholic Bibles came from there, along with a lot of Christmas decorations and homeschooling supplies.
Hobby Lobby's brows-ability is one of it's best points. A Christian can spend hours wandering the aisles and soaking up the freedom of being in a place where no one is going to shock your sensibilities or insult your faith. You can enjoy the whole day there and never encounter a single Christian-bashing word. I sometimes go to Hobby Lobby, just to kill time. I almost always end up walking out with a purchase.
I love the place.
When I read that Hobby Lobby had filed suit against the HHS Mandate, it seemed personal; as if a beloved family member had announced they were standing with me in a time of trouble. That's how close I feel to my Church in this struggle for religious freedom, and how much a part of my shopping life Hobby Lobby has been. The Christian Post story about their lawsuit reads in part:
Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., a privately held retail chain with 22,500 employees led by a Christian family, filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, opposing the Health and Human Services “preventive services” mandate, the company announced Wednesday. The company becomes the largest and only non-Catholic-owned business to file a lawsuit against the government's contraception mandate.
The company's CEO and founder, David Green, said Wednesday that the mandate would force the Christian-owned-and-operated business to provide, without co-pay, the “morning after pill” and “week after pill” in their health insurance plan, or face crippling fines up to 1.3 million dollars per day.
We simply cannot abandon our religious beliefs and comply with this mandate,” Green said during a teleconference press meeting. “We know that we have been blessed by God's grace and believe it is because we have chosen to live our lives and to operate our business according to His Word and we are very grateful for that. But our faith is being challenged by the federal government.”
If you live near a Hobby Lobby, stop by and tell them thanks. If you don't, say a prayer for them and their continued witness for Christ.