Hobby Lobby Response

I hate confrontation.  I really do.  You could not have paid me enough money to join the mix of demonstrators on the steps of the Supreme Court building this morning.  However, as much as I would like to run from any type of confrontation, it is inevitable.  When Truth meets Lie, sparks are bound to ignite.  The two cannot coexist.

Today is a great day for Hobby Lobby and for religious liberty.  This victory is extra sweet when we remember all the other times we’ve lost.  However, there is also a bitterness that comes to the back of my throat when I swallow this SCOTUS decision.  It is the sour reminder of the men and women who are trapped inside the lies of this world.  The ones who are ready to fight back against this decision.  The ones who truly believe this to be a fight against women.  Because that is untrue.  It is not a war against women.  Let’s look at the facts.  There are 20 different kinds of contraceptives.  Hobby Lobby takes issue with only four of those.  That means there are still 16 types of contraceptives that the corporation will cover in its insurance plan.

The mantra of the liberal feminists on Twitter is #NotMyBossBusiness.  They are right; it isn’t. It is not a corporation’s business to interfere with whether or not an employee chooses to conceive a child.  However, the four contraceptives they refuse to cover are abortive meaning that the medication will terminate an already active pregnancy.  If a female employee went to her employer and asked for him to fund a gun purchase so that she could kill her neighbor, would the liberals be so surprised if he told her no?  The Green family believes that supplying the four abortive contraceptives is equivalent to paying for an abortion i.e. paying for murder of an unborn human life.

Like I said, it is not a war against women though many seem to be stamping their feet and crossing their arms in pitiful protest for their “rights.”  It is not a set back for women.  It actually has nothing to do with feminism.  It has everything to do with the right of an evangelical business owner to live out his/her faith not just within the confines of the church but in the workplace.  It is an issue of religious liberty—a basic and fundamental right ensured to us as American citizens by the First Amendment.

With all that said, there will still be those who believe the wrong side.  I was talking to my mother this morning about the decision and about my frustration with those who were confusing lies with truth.  In her wisdom, she said, “The god of this age has blinded them to the truth.  The [SCOTUS] decision will create opportunities to speak the truth.  They will hear it.”

They will hear it.  The question is, will they hear it from us.  Scripture says that the rocks will cry out if we don’t.

As I said before, there is always confrontation when the Truth comes face-to-face with Falsity.  It cannot be avoided.  However, we do have a choice in how we respond.  Confrontation is not synonymous with hostility.  We are called to respond but in a gracious and loving manner as Christ responded to us.

It is a day that should be celebrated.  We should rejoice in the victory for religious liberty.  However, let us not forget that our celebration should be quickly followed by our knees pressing to the floor in prayer and intercession for those who are still blinded to the Truth.

7 Comments

  1. John G. {Poo Man} Brock

    June 30, 2014 at 9:30 PMJun

    Very Proud of our Beautiful Granddaughter and her Stand for Purity and Righteousness. Thanks for making us proud of you, not just for this article but everyday of you life. Love you.

  2. The Green family has had no problem all of these years making vast amounts of money selling goods made by Chinese female workers who were mandated by the government for decades to get abortions if they got pregnant with a second child. I will have respect for the Green family when they refuse to sell Chinese goods. Until that time, I have to wonder just how deep their convictions go. We all know the money the Chinese got from selling manufactured goods to American companies did not go to the workers. We know that China has not been a capitalist country and that the government system in place was a beneficiary from these sales. So if the Green family was willing to look the other way about government sponsored and mandated abortion if it meant they stood to lose a lot of money by not buying Chinese-made goods….. something just seems not completely right about that. By the way, I am a Christian who has never had an abortion and never would have one. What I see is this: Standing up for PART of Biblical truth is all too common these days. People pick and choose the parts that suit them. Maybe it suits the Green family to oppose paying for a woman’ s IUD but when it comes to something closer to their pocketbook, they have selective vision.

    • Elizabeth Brock

      July 1, 2014 at 9:30 AMJul

      Mrs. Garner,
      Thank you for reading my post and for taking the time to respond. Though I mentioned the Green’s family convictions once in my blog, it was not intended to be a promotion of their family. However, since you mentioned their outsourcing to China, I would like to graciously respond.
      When we use our Apple devices to browse and post to the web, we are supporting a business who outsources to China. The same is true when we shop at stores like Target and Walmart.
      (http://www.cnn.com/CNN/Programs/lou.dobbs.tonight/popups/exporting.america/content.html)
      (http://www.cornellpress.cornell.edu/book/?GCOI=80140100107390)
      Let me direct you to a more eloquent and well-informed response by my current boss, Dr. Russell Moore. He responded here to an article written by senior columnist for Religion News Service, Jonathan Merritt, who raised concerns similar to yours about Hobby Lobby’s business with China.
      http://jonathanmerritt.religionnews.com/2014/06/17/russell-moore-hobby-lobby-china/
      To repeat Dr. Moore’s example, “Someone with a conscientious objection to the death penalty isn’t implicated in capital punishment because she buys oranges from Florida, where capital punishment is practiced. She would reasonably, though, protest if she were forced to sell lethal drugs to the state for that purpose or if she were compelled to pull the switch on the electric chair.”
      This case was not about the Green family’s choice to outsource to China. It was about whether or not the government has the right to force business owners of any religion to suppy health care that goes against their religious beliefs.

      Again, thank you for your response. It has given me the opportunity to think through my own beliefs on this subject. I am looking forward to your class in the fall.

      • Thanks , Elizabeth. Also, I am not impressed with the info in the Forbes article regarding the Hobby Lobby 401K being heavily invested in the companies that make the four birth control methods Hobby Lobby opposes. It would have been very easy for them to choose other funds. The Green family seems to do the right thing publicly and visibly, like the Pharisees. Basically, I am always skeptical when people seem to seek public admiration for their piety on one hand while behaving in another way when their money is at stake. Something just does not seem right here. And no, I don’t shop at Wal-Mart. I am by no means perfect, but if the only way I can afford something is to buy it from Wal-Mart, I would rather do without. Maybe we all don’t need quite as much material goods (and wealth) as our culture would lead us to believe LOL.

  3. Enjoyed reading your blog. I can agree with some, but not all. What I don’t agree with is the reasoning that it is not an assault against women in general, because it is and could possibly be towards men. It will just depend on what the “religious-based” company will feel it wishes to pay for based on their religious beliefs. There are a lot of Christian believers who do not believe in immunization, surgery, blood transfusions, etc. Where will we draw the line of what will be paid for and what will not? What happens to my “right to life” when I need my insurance to pay for a life-saving procedure that my employer deems to be in conflict with his religious views? This decision has set the precedent of company’s being able to do just that and that is disturbing to me. Yes, I am thrilled that a victory has been made for religious freedom; I am not thrilled that this victory can be and probably will be used in a manner that will deny someone the help they may desperately need one day all in the name of Christianity. I hope this does not come across as being confrontational, because it is not meant to be. It is just a different view from one Christian heart to another.

    • Elizabeth Brock

      July 2, 2014 at 9:30 AMJul

      Mrs. Benita, you certainly do not sound confrontational. I really appreciate you taking the time to read my post and reply with such a thoughtful response. Like I did with Mrs. Garner, I would like to direct you to my boss, Dr. Russell Moore, who is more well-versed in this case than I am. In the link below, Dr. Moore addresses a question similar to yours.

      In addition, I have attached a link to the opinion released by the Supreme Court. If you’ll scroll to pages 45-49, Justice Alito addresses the concerns you and many others have raised about what this ruling might mean for future cases. He writes, “In any event, our decision in these cases is concerned solely with the contraceptive mandate. Our decision should not be understood to hold that an insurance-coverage mandate must necessarily fall if it conflicts with an employer’s religious beliefs” (46).
      http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/06/30/full-text-the-scotus-hobby-lobby-opinion-on-employer-contraceptive-coverage/
      Again, thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on this subject. It has really challenged me to do some research and find out what I believe about the concerns you raised in your comment. In Acts 4:32, Luke writes that “All the believers were one in heart and mind.” That doesn’t mean that we will always agree on everything. It means that, because our hearts and minds belong to Jesus, we can disagree and still love each other with the love of our Savior. That is the beauty of the church. Thank you again, Mrs. Benita, for your comment and for the love you have poured out on my family during our years at HBC.

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