David Green owns the Hobby Lobby arts and craft store chain. He employs over 15,000 people at 628 stores across 41 states. He is one of the wealthiest men in America and his “rags-to-riches” story is an extraordinary example of the success of someone pursuing the American Dream.
He and his wife Barbara have been married for 53 years and they have three children, Steve and Mart and a daughter Darsee. They are members of the Council Road Baptist Church in Bethany, Oklahoma. And yet, his wealth means nothing to him personally and everything to him as a vehicle by which to expand the Word of God, both nationally and internationally.
In this effort, Mr. Green has single-handedly saved large Christian universities from bankruptcy, bought vast expanses of land for Christian retreat facilities, and donated millions of dollars to Christian churches. And, he has placed more than 1.3 billion copies of the Bible in millions of homes in both Africa and Asia.
David Green lives his faith, every second, minute and hour of everyday. His faith is not something he attends to simply on Sunday mornings, he brings it with him everywhere. He quotes the Bible the way most people can repeat the words of a favorite song. His kindness and vast generosity is word renown among Christians. Mr. Green’s reputation precedes him, and as a result, he is approached by thousands of Christians each year, seeking his assistance. All are given serious consideration.
Last year, Mr. Green’s fame surpassed his reputation among just Christians, when the world was told that he was risking his entire fortune in order obtain relief from the onerous mandate placed on all business by Obamacare. Under this federal healthcare program Mr. Green would be required to supply his employees with contraceptives and abortifacients, in direct conflict with his Christian faith. He announced that if he were forced to pay for “the pill”, or “the morning after pill”, for his employees, that he would close his business instead.
For Christians, especially Catholics, you are considered a sinner, not only when you personally commit sin, but if your indifference enables sin or, if you fail to do something to offset someone else who is sinning. Standing on the sidelines is not an option.
David and Barbara Green take this responsibility VERY seriously, so much so that David Green was willing to give up his business rather than go against his religious beliefs, as mandated by Obamacare. He chose to sue the federal government rather than capitulate to their anti-Christian demands.
David Green’s case was watched very closely by the liberal, biased, news media as it crept through the courts finally landing on the bench of the U. S. Supreme Court. The piranhas were circling the victim as the media waited for the kill. Well, through the grace of God they were left starving because on June 30th, Hobby Lobby won their case against the Obamacare mandates. They did not have to supply their employees with drugs that would kill an unborn child or preclude that child’s birth.
Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan, Steven Beyer and Sonia Sotomayor voted against Hobby Lobby’s request for relief in the (5-4) decision. Not surprisingly, they include the only three Jews on the court and a “Catholic” female, who has notoriously abandoned her faith, with her adoption of the ideology of radical feminism in its place. For them, the Constitutionally mandated “freedom of religion” does not apply to those who believe in the tenets of Christianity. For them, the ideology of anti-Christian, radical, second-wave, feminism has, and always will, trump that decree, for Christians alone.
Mr. Green did not spend much time celebrating his win as he continued with his 2012 plan to open a Bible Museum in downtown Washington, DC. And I’m sure the site was not decided upon simply because it was convenient to multiple highways. I find it hard to believe that Mr. Green’s decision to place his new Bible museum in D. C. didn’t have more to do with the fact that the U. S. government has, in recent years, been the source of thousands of successful, and unprecedented, legal assaults on Christianity. But, despite my suspicions, Mr. Green says that the museum is more scholarly in its inception, than evangelistic.
Over Mr. Green’s lifetime he has amassed the largest private collection of Biblical antiquities in the world, with more than 40,000 acquisitions. More than a dozen Biblical scholars are participating in his Green Scholars Initiative. He has purchased the former Washington Design Center for this museum which is just 2 blocks off the National Mall. He is now awaiting approvals for his project from the city of Washington, D.C.
This will obviously be another enormous challenge for Mr. Green as D.C. is notoriously corrupt, both politically and culturally, functioning, just this side of Sodom and Gomorrah.
We, as Americans, are blessed with the strength this deeply committed disciple of Christ who is risking everything he has, to spread the Good Word.
Please pray for this Christian man’s success as he does battle with the radical, second-wave feminists who are bent on doing Satan’s bidding.
David Green is truly one of America’s greatest Good Guys!