Thursday, July 08, 2021

Is Hobby Lobby Calling For a Theocracy?

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On July 4th, Hobby Lobby took out a full-page ad in a number of newspapers across the country.

The ad features a prominently placed Bible verse along with numerous, pro-Christian, pro-Bible quotes from our Founding Fathers and other leaders in our history.

Now the atheists and the homosexual movement are publicly accusing the Christian-owned mega-store chain of calling for a "theocracy" in the American government.

Even Snopes has jumped in declaring, "Yes, it's true. The store chain did in fact call for 'One Nation Under God'."

The Left is hysterical. And terribly misled.

Be informed, not misled.

Hobby Lobby has been placing biblical, Christian-oriented ads in newspapers on holidays for some time. They did it again the other day on the 4th of July.

Historic content of the ad.

It isn't as though Hobby Lobby created the narrative on their ad. They used quotes from historical documents.

The ad features a large picture of a US flag. Next to it are the words: "One Nation Under God." Check it out.

Then there is Psalm 33:12, "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord"---all in caps.

Then in small print, the rest of the page contains quotes from our Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, Congress, Education, Supreme Court rulings, etc. Reminding us that our Founding Fathers believed that the Christian faith was indispensable to the success and stability of our nation.

They quote John Adams: "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."

And Jedidah Morse: "Whenever the pillars of Christianity shall be overthrown, our present republican forms of government, and all the blessings which flow from them, must fall with them."

Thomas Jefferson is included, asking, "Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God?"

And there are more specifically Christian quotes as well.

John Quincy Adams: "Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer's mission upon the earth?"

James Madison: "Before any man can be considered as a member of Civil Society, he must be considered as a subject of the Governor of the Universe.

John Jay, our first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court: "Providence has given to our people the choice of their ruler, and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers."


Atheist, Freedom From Religion Foundation group responded: "In Hobby Lobby  We Don't Trust."

The atheist ad follows up with, "Do these quotes prove we are a Christian nation?"

The atheists claim that some of the quotes were deliberately altered or taken out of context so as to mislead, while others, such as the quotes about life on the Harvard campus, were totally irrelevant.

The bottom line is that Freedom from Religion does not want anyone to believe America was ever a "Christian" nation and that Christianity and the Bible should have no particular influence in today's America.

Social media has lit up since the ad appeared in newspapers with people tweeting, "Hobby Lobby took out a full page ad in the register-Guard this morning. Talking about how America should only be led by Christians. Absolutely frightening."

A homosexual group posted, "Hobby Lobby's owners should look at the US Constitution. There's no litmus test for religion to hold public office. And there's surely no mandate for a theocracy."

Newsweek published a feature article announcing that Hobby Lobby has "faced a backlash after it ran in several newspapers, a full-page ad that appeared to call for a Christian-run government."

Business Insider published a similar story featuring that "the ad" "called for a Christian-run government", and "It featured quotes from historical figures about Christianity."

Since Hobby Lobby has been doing this for several years, why the big blow-up this year?

I think there are several reasons why their ad, this year, has become such an explosive issue.

First, Hobby Lobby's text in their ad was historical quotes from our nation's story. The kind of nation our Founders envisioned and created, stands in stark contrast to the view progressives, including the so-called "religious progressives," hold for our country now.

I don't believe for one moment that the Green family, who own Hobby Lobby, want a "theocracy" in America. They are dedicated Christians who love the Lord and love their country, and clearly have a well-informed understanding of the views held by those who founded America,

Even I have been accused by some Seattle media of calling for a "theocracy" because of my calling attention to these very quotes. 

The only "theocracy" I believe in is the one where Jesus Christ Himself will rule and reign on this earth.

That's why the "cancel culture" movement continues. Anything that suggests something other than the leftist narrative for our culture, is attacked and canceled.

Secondly, I would suggest that some of this is carryover from the pure hatred of former President Donald Trump. Ironic as it is, evangelicals elected him because he promised to stand for these very beliefs espoused by our Founding Fathers.

Trump was and is an enigma to the left. His life had not reflected the virtues of biblical teaching, but as president, his policies supported them---every time.

The Left has learned how to ignore sin, corruption, and wrongdoing in leadership they endorse---and even cover for it, but have, in most cases, not learned the value of redemption and forgiveness for those with whom they disagree. 

Cancel culture is a direct assault on the construct of forgiveness. It seeks not to fix, but to destroy. It's the poison pill that fatally blocks a prescriptive cure for human weaknesses and failures. It diametrically opposes forgiveness, an age-old virtue central to the teaching of Jesus Christ and to our nation's founding.

Cancel culture needs to learn how to pray "forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who have trespassed against us." 

Critical Race Theory is an example. The left continues to regurgitate past sins, but never ever suggest an actual solution.

Christianity holds the final solution: Forgiveness. Restoration, and Redemption.

No, we don't need a "theocracy" in America, we need a spiritual revival and renewal.

Hobby Lobby, I'm certain understands that...and so do millions of us ordinary people all across the country. 

And so did our country's Founding Fathers. Now, if the Leftists could only see the light of that Truth.

Be Informed. Be Discerning. Be Vigilant. Be Prayerful.