I read him – don’t know him – but he always gets me thinking. This morning he posted a piece that struck a chord concerning – my words – The Craft Store vs. SCOTUS.
David Green, the founder / owner of Hobby Lobby is fast becoming the face of the new martyrdom for Christians across America.
In his battle with the Supreme Court Green is quoted as saying, “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.
“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 conception.”
Fine with me.
Hobby Lobby is a privately held company and I support its right to run it any way it sees fit, based on whatever moral or religious compass it chooses to follow.
However, my quandary is this.
Hobby Lobby truly is the House that China Built.
If the company honestly has those convictions, wouldn’t it act in the same manner Jesus did when he was asked what it took to enter heaven? He answered, I was hungry and you fed me, clothed me, cared for me; what you have done for the least of these, you have done unto me.
Remember that little verse, Mr. Green?
If you have such deep concerns for mankind, why wouldn’t those same convictions extend to the oppressed peoples of China? People who are saddled with mandatory birth control and the selective killing of female babies. The same people who you crank out billions of dollars to for the products you import?
I would assume, if you followed your convictions to a logical conclusion, you would have no products from China to sell and there…but then there would be no Hobby Lobby, would there?
What’s also interesting is the “Christian” reaction in support of the Hobby Lobby.
There has been as much homage paid to the company as was the case with Chick-Fil-A a couple years ago when its president Dan Cathy responded to the Supreme Court striking a blow for gay marriage as “a sad day for our nation; founding fathers would be ashamed.”
I don’t mean to pick on Hobby Lobby but, we are awash with corproate offenders hawking sweatshop products; A&F, Nike, Gap, Payless, Adidas, New Balance, LL Bean, Kohl’s, Hanes, Timberland; the list is endless. But as a Facebook person responded to a question I posted this morning, this is situational ethics at its best as we disregard the effects of unfettered capitalism, and disregard Matthew 25.
Matt Chambers, a Christian who serves as Director/Co-Founder of SafeWorld, argues that, “Hobby Lobby’s choice to do business with China goes against Christian principles due to China’s botched human rights record and sex-selective abortion practices.”
And, that doesn’t even touch the fact that China’s cheap labor conditions are such that no American would be willing to work in them (some even equate them with slavery). Or the fact that China greatly restricts religious liberty, the very issue Hobby Lobby claims is under attack here. Or the fact that its numbers on infanticide, orphans, and child-abandonment are abysmal.
If we truly want to tout Biblical principles, can we draw a line where that ends?
I don’t think so. And not to resurrect that old rubber bracelet, but just what WOULD Jesus do?