The Greens of Hobby Lobby: One Family with Courage is a Majority

 

There is no getting around the fact that Jesus offends some people. Nevertheless, He is too important in my life for me to cower in fear of mentioning His name. David Green, owner, founder Hobby Lobby

The Green Family (who are Okies, by the way) risked everything they had worked for all their lives.

They put everything but their lives on the line by refusing to accede to the HHS Mandate’s requirement that they pay for insurance coverage for abortifacient drugs. The Greens, who are Southern Baptists, already provided insurance coverage for contraceptives for their employees.

But they would not be participants in the evil of abortion. It conflicted with their faith in Jesus Christ.

So, they took a stand that was, in terms of business, totally stupid. They refused to abide by the HHS Mandate. What’s more, they put the name of their company, which they had built themselves from a $600 dollar investment, on a lawsuit.

This wasn’t a roll of the dice. It was an act of faith. The lawsuit was turned back, then resurrected in other rulings. When it was first turned down, the Greens said they would not abide by the Mandate, even if it meant paying millions of dollars a day in fines to the government.

This was not grandstanding. It was a reality of their lives at that time. They were facing ruinous fines for following Christ. It would most likely have put them out of business.

Another court overturned the earlier ruling and they were granted a stay.

Their lawsuit made it’s way to the Supreme Court, and today, the Court ruled that the Green family, as well as other owners of privately-held corporations, are exempt from the contraceptive portion of the HHS Mandate.

I’ve been watching and reading a bit of the reaction to the news. It’s totally predictable claptrap about how this ruling allows corporations not to follow “the law” and how it “endangers women’s health.”

My reaction to this is give me a break. First, the Supreme Court’s ruling is the law, which is something the HHS Mandate has never been.

The HHS Mandate is an agency rule which has the force of law. It was never passed by elected officials. It was created by an appointed committee. To call this thing a law violates the underlying principles of government by representation on which this nation was founded.

Second, women’s health is not endangered by not being able to get insurance coverage for abortifacients. What endangers women’s health is allowing things like the morning after pill to be put on counters where everyone can buy and use them as many times a month as they want. The health consequences of using the morning after pill for birth control could be terrible for women’s health.

Also, as I just said, the stuff is available over the counter. If a woman uses it the way it’s intended, it would be a once in a lifetime deal. If they are using it repeatedly, they are endangering their health. Period.

I’ve read all sorts of comments attacking this ruling, but I think the ruling is wonderful.

It puts a couple of teeth back into what has rapidly been becoming a toothless concept of religious liberty in this country. The government — the government — does not have any business requiring people to violate their faith under threat of government penalties. The government also does not have any business passing draconian agency regulations that infringe on American liberties by the fiat of a hand-selected back-room committee and calling it “law.”

The Green family saved our First Amendment freedoms today.

They did it as an act of faith in which they put their entire life’s work on the line based entirely on their faith in Jesus Christ.

May their tribe increase.

Our family is overjoyed by the Supreme Court’s decision. Today the nation’s highest court has re-affirmed the vital importance of religious liberty as one of our country’s founding principles. The Court’s decision is a victory, not just for our family business, but for all who seek to live out their faith. We are grateful to God and to those who have supported us on this difficult journey. Barbara Green, co-founder/owner of Hobby Lobby

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  • Fabio Paolo Barbieri

    Some people, alas, still thought that the word of the President of the United States of America was worth something. Of course, a man less naive than Bart Stupak – and less vulnerable to outside pressure – would have measured the President’s acts against his words, but in general I tend to think that those who tell lies are guiltier than those who believe them.

  • Fabio Paolo Barbieri

    One thing I have learned in fifty-two mostly pointless years is to shun the leader who promises to be a unifier, to bring harmony, or to be a leader for all citizens. What they mean, every time, is that they intend to eliminate disagreement, by fair means or foul. The person who worships harmony as a value is a person who can’t cope with disagreement and is not able or willing to leave those who disagree with him alone. From the moment President Obama promised to be a unifier, people should have looked at him with suspicion.

  • Rob B.

    Gotta love Churchill. I wish we had more leaders like him nowadays.

  • DanielEPhillips

    Chine abortion are higher then USA .What most sad is Catholics fail to really comprehend Jesus went to the cross in our place .He did this to offer us the free gift of forgiveness and assurance of heaven .Not like catholic and many other groups who think they can merit their own salvation by doing works .They place a burden on people that they can never over come . . Ephesians 2:8-9
    8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. 1 John 1 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. You can have absolute assurance of heaven if you simply do that scripture says .Ask Jesus and he will forgive ALL and Cleanse you .. and some will quote James but they twist scripture out of context .James is speaking to those already saved forgiven and heaven bound .He telling Christians how to know you are a true Christians .James is doing the example of 2 Corinthians 13 Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you–unless, of course, you fail the test? The Catholicism in their own words says your damned if you think your sin are forgiven without having to do works and purgatory .Canon 30: “If any one saith, that, after the grace of Justification has been received, to every penitent sinner the guilt is remitted, and the debt of eternal punishment is blotted out in such wise, that there remains not any debt of temporal punishment to be discharged either in this world, or in the next in Purgatory, before the entrance to the kingdom of heaven can be opened (to him); let him be anathema.” means damned …
    What the bible says “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,” (Rom. 5:1).
    “And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; 14Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross.” (Col. 2:13-14)next works salvation . Canon 24: “If any one saith, that the justice received is not preserved and also increased before God through good works; but that the said works are merely the fruits and signs of Justification obtained, but not a cause of the increase thereof; let him be anathema.”
    What the bible says “O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? 2This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? 3Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?” (Gal. 3:1-3).
    “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. 2 Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. 3For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.” (Gal. 5:1-3).1 john 1 9 If we confess our sins, Jesus is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness…. Folks no need for the blasphemy of Purgatory. Lastly the catholic church as never recanted on the Council of Trent: Canons on Justification. Jesus gives forgiveness as a free gift because He went to the cross and won your a pardon. Being catholic does not gain you anything .Doing works does not gain you anything,but are the out sign to the world that you are a biblical true christian .It’s not maybe forgiven but absolute forgiven an assured eternal life in heaven ! Question Are you good person ? http://www.goodpersontest.com/test/good/?path=start_good I dare you to try this test :) Are you able to complete it ? How did you score ?

  • DoctorDJ

    I just doubled my annual contribution to Planned Parenthood.
    I invite others to do the same.

    • hamiltonr

      It’s your money. Which is one of the many points. The government didn’t make you do it.

      Me, I’m going shopping at Hobby Lobby. :-)

    • Dave

      I octupled my annual contribution to Planned Barrenhood. Fortunately, zero times eight is still zero.

  • hamiltonr

    Daniel, your comments are too long. I’m going to allow the comment because it’s not an attack on the Church so much as it is a misunderstanding of what the Catholic Church teaches. I’ll leave discussing this with you to other commenters.

  • hamiltonr

    Let’s not jump on other Christians. Not on this blog.

  • hamiltonr

    I think you’re right. It fooled me. Good catch, Fabio.

  • hamiltonr

    You and Fabio: Sharp eyes. Me, not so much. :-)

  • hamiltonr

    Well … he’s going to have to come up with an actual comment — without links — to discuss here. :-)

  • FW Ken

    Some contraceptives are abortion-inducing. Those are the four drugs to which the Greens object being forced to pay for.

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  • Fabio Paolo Barbieri

    Isn’t int interesting that the moment this little family-owned company managed to survive the murderous attentions of the Obama administration, up pop people like you to retail factoids and fables to their discredit. You have been used and can’t even see it.

  • Fabio Paolo Barbieri

    Has anyone ever tried to challenge this doctor governor to a public debate?

  • hamiltonr

    I’m going to allow this just as a demonstration of the kind of thinking that’s out there.

    • Jeff

      You mean a statement that’s filled with facts and logic? Yeah, I guess that would offend you catholic wing nuts, wouldn’t it?

      • hamiltonr

        Again, a demonstration. Now, no more of such.

      • Fabio Paolo Barbieri

        “… it’s the so called Christians, like the Greens, who want to force their believes on everyone else that offends. They don’t even understand science, so I guess that they’re not so intelligent, so sad. Anyway, the rest of America IS intelligent, and we’ll be boycotting their stupid crafts store, maybe then they will move to China, where all their product comes from and can understand what REAL persecution is. Good riddance to cult following breeders like these!”

        As you Americans are so fond of suing each other, I suggest you sue your elementary school, high school, and any college you may have wasted time at. They evidently failed to teach you what facts and logic are, since you seem to think that the above screed contains them.

  • FW Ken

    “Breeders”; haven’t seen that one in awhile. It doesn’t fit in with the nicer, more normal image gay propagandists are trying to project these days.

  • hamiltonr

    Stop. I meant what I said. Don’t jump on other Christians.

  • hamiltonr

    I’m going to allow this but you’re being foolish. Hurting people’s feelings does not stop abortion. Attacking these other Christians weakens the body of Christ at the same time that it hardens them in their position.

    Belligerence is not righteousness. Rudeness is not standing for what you believe. However, both belligerence and rudeness are strong temptations for people in the culture wars. I’ve been tempted this way myself, many times.

    It takes a lot of guts to just stay the course about pro life and not yield to these temptations.

    We will never convert anyone by attacking them. We just make them more entrenched in their positions.

    • hamiltonr

      I’ve been thinking about this reply, and I’m not sure I entirely agree with myself.

      We do have to disagree with other Christians from time to time, and Christians who say or imply that abortion. same sex marriage or corporatism are what Christ taught must be corrected. On the other hand, attacking these people themselves is a bad business. It leads to bitterness and makes impossible to convert them.


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