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Why I Shop at Hobby Lobby
Commentary on the News
Thursday, January 17, 2013
J.L. Robb

You probably have heard of the Hobby Lobby retail chain.  They keep a rather modest profile.  Headquartered in Oklahoma City, Hobby Lobby started in the garage of David Green in 1970 as a ''picture frames'' company.

Now David Green is the Founder and CEO; and there are more than 500 stores across the land, big stores!  Each store is about 55,000 square feet and has some of the most awesome products there are, especially if you like unique stuff.  I do a lot of shopping at Hobby lobby, and there are many reasons why.

From the Hobby Lobby web page:

"The foundation of our business has been, and will continue to be strong values, and honoring the Lord in a manner consistent with Biblical principles. Hobby Lobby store hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and all Hobby Lobby stores are closed on Sunday."

Like Chick-fil-A, Hobby Lobby not only is a business, it is a witnessing tool, constantly trying to help others learn about God without being fanatical and intrusive.  What did the Bible say about “witnessing” to others?  It said a lot, in both the Tanach and the New Testament.  Here is one example:

“And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:14 NIV)

I had never heard of Hobby Lobby until they built one of their large stores in Duluth, Georgia.  Being in the lighting business and HVAC industry (yes, I do have a real job!), I called on the store to see if I could generate a little biz, sell a few light bulbs and air conditioning services.  Nothing really came of that because large corporations have their specific “ways” of doing business, but I did like what I saw as well as the attitude of the employees.

About a year later I picked up the July 4 edition of USA TODAY, as I do almost every day, and saw a full-page advertisement glorifying God.  It was very interesting and had quotes from the Founding Fathers of the USA about their “beliefs,” beliefs much different than our government “fathers” today.  When I got to the very bottom of the page, in small letters was Hobby Lobby.

When Christmas Day rolled around, same thing, another full page ad “witnessing” to the people at the expense and desire of Hobby Lobby.  I deal with marketing every day, and a full-page ad in USA TODAY is not cheap, probably several thousands of dollars.

Hobby Lobby did not just put full-page ads in USA TODAY though.  Christmas Day and July 4th, there are full-page ads in numerous newspapers around the nation, including the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Hobby Lobby doesn’t “witness” by standing on the street corner with megaphones or screaming prayers in public like the Pharisees did 2000 years ago.  They do it quietly and just state the facts, and if you don’t look closely you won’t see their name at the bottom of their ads.  If you go to their Home Page and scroll to the bottom, you can click on Holiday Messages and see the ads they post for the different holidays and print them if you wish.

Now Hobby Lobby is in a “moral war” with the Obama administration over the Health Care Reform that is being thrust upon mostly the unwilling.  It is the morality of the Bible versus the morality of the “if-it-feels-good-do-it” crowd.

Apparently one of the “requirements” of large retailers like Hobby Lobby and Chick-fil-A by the feds is the responsibility to cover birth control and abortion procedures, even though from a biblical perspective it is “against” their strong religious beliefs.  Some may not understand the worry with “birth control,” but most birth control measures include the destruction of the human embryo, which is alive by biological definition.  And the abortion thing is easily understandable, since a developing human fetus is also alive, or it wouldn’t be getting bigger.

Hobby Lobby, normally low-key, sued the feds over the Obamacare requirement and lost when the courts ruled against them last month.  According to CNN,

“Craft store giant Hobby Lobby is bracing for a $1.3 million a day fine beginning January 1 for noncompliance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, dubbed Obamacare.”

In other words, our “free” country is not free anymore, at least for those who believe God is not a myth; but of course this has not been “just happening,” as it has been leading this way for years. God is out; if-it-feels-good-do-it, is in.

I don’t think God is going to win a lot of these battles because He’s lost interest, my opinion.  He is like the parent who finally throws their arms up in frustration, like the prodigal son’s dad.  He has been losing these small battles since Madalyn Murray O’Hair and her shenanigans in the early 1960s.  However, He will win the War; and that final war is probably coming sooner rather than later.

Isaiah was an ancient Hebrew prophet who lived about 750 years before the birth of Jesus.  Now, the term “prophet” has been thrown around for years like it was a badge you could go pick up at Home Depot.  Nostradamus and Jeane Dixon were “prophets;” The Hopi and the Maya were prophets.  Except that Dixon and Nostradamus were wrong almost all the time.  Biblical prophets were never wrong, and that’s what sold me on my religious journey.  They were never wrong, and they spoke in the “first person” directly for God.  It was usually to the prophets’ detriment.  People have a tendency not to like being told to change their evil ways.  Never have; never will and don’t think their ways are bad.  As a result the population often killed the prophets.

In addressing the Israelites or their Kings, Isaiah was quick to point out God’s disappointment in the decadence of their ways.  “Their” ways had become totally foreign to the ways that God had set down for the Israelites during the days that Moses lived.  Isaiah pretty much summed up God’s feelings in this statement, and it certainly applies today:

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD.  (Isaiah 55:8 NIV)

Are the ways of the world “God’s ways?”  Only if the Bible is a novel.  One cannot possibly read the Bible and come away with the conclusion that our ways are His ways.

One would be hard pressed to find a school massacre in the United States prior to the actions of the Supreme Court in the case of O’Hair.  When prayer, devotions and God was in school, there weren’t school massacres, plain and simple.  Back in those days, our “ways” were much closer to God’s ways than is the present-day case.

Hobby Lobby will probably not win their battle either, what with the “ways” of our courts in the United States.  They will either have to succumb to the “rules” of our government over the rules of God or pay tremendous financial penalties.  Sounds very similar to Revelation’s prediction of people and businesses not being able to “buy or sell” without government approval.  We are watching prophecy occur right before our eyes.  It will be interesting to see prophecy come true again.

Another note of interest about Hobby Lobby:

Last year I had the pleasure of attending “Passages” in Atlanta, an interactive exhibit owned by the Green family of Hobby Lobby.  There is everything from a Guttenberg Press and Bibles that were printed via the press, and there is virtually every translation of the Bible that ever existed and one of the world’s largest exhibits of ancient Israeli and Middle East artifacts.  If it is ever in your area, I would encourage you to visit.  It is amazing.

I will pray for Hobby Lobby’s victory, but I won’t sell the farm.  As things in the international political arena get worse, as Islamic jihadism gets worse and as environmental disasters get worse; we seem to be drifting farther away from a belief in the Almighty.  I’m not thinking the world will wake up.  The Bible said it wouldn’t.

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