Sigh. Once again, a “Christian” business is making headlines, and not necessarily in a positive way. Like the Chic-Fil-A debacle of this past summer, people are upset with yet another Christian business…this time, Hobby Lobby is resisting the Obamacare mandate of providing “the morning after pill” to its employees as part of their insurance benefits. Citing their Christian faith and the belief in the sanctity of human life, Hobby Lobby honchos say it is against their moral system of faith to provide something that could induce abortions.
But…it is not against their moral system of faith to sell–and profit from– millions of dollars worth of Chinese imports in their 400+ stores across America, is it? The imports come from the same nation that abuses human beings every day in the slave labor /prison like factories…the same nation that jails people of faith….the same nation that forces abortions on their citizens. That, somehow, is OK, because it nets them a profit.
Of course, everyone sells Chinese goods. And that makes it OK. Right? Hmmm. I don’t think so. I don’t know what the Jesus who cleared the temple with whips would say about it.
Hobby Lobby is a for-profit business organization; not a church and not a ministry. They may be closed to the public on Sundays, but they still make some of their employees work on Sundays and well after 8 pm. So don’t be fooled into thinking they “honor the Sabbath and keep it holy” just because they are closed for business.
I also have issues with for-profit businesses run by Christians being called “ministries.” I have no problem with Christians running businesses…but please, let’s call a spade a spade. If you are in it for profit, it is a business. If you are in it to benefit others, it is a ministry. Simplistic, I know but hey.
The fact that stores like Hobby Lobby, AC Moore, Walmart, etc. and the like have put small local Mom and Pop stores out of business, sell Chinese imports created on the backs of the abused and downtrodden without batting an eye bothers me, but it bothers me more when it is a company claiming the name of Christ in their business. I think Hobby Lobby’s issues with the birth control would ring more true to me if they also made a pledge to sell more American made goods – or goods produced in countries that do not violate basic human rights. Imagine what buying power a retail giant like Hobby Lobby would have if they say “no” to imports and look to domestic suppliers for their goods?
I might shop there if they did. As it stands now, they just sicken me. And it’s not about the birth control … it’s about their picking and choosing which moral issues to make a stand on. A “possible” abortive pill…vs. profits off millions of dollars of products that have been made under deplorable conditions every day from a nation that forces abortions on its people on a regular basis. OK. …sure.