The story of Hobby Lobby is a story of being fearless in the face of darkness and finding ways to bring light to a dark and fallen world.
I had a chance over the Memorial Day Holiday weekend to attend Charles Stanely’s First Baptist Church in Atlanta. Steve Green, who’s the president of Hobby Lobby, spoke to the congregation. Steve Green shared with the congregation his family’s journey of taking Hobby Lobby from obscurity to now a multi-billion dollar company. Steve Green’s father started Hobby Lobby in 1972.
Steve Green told us about the early struggles with Hobby Lobby in 1985 where they were at a decision point with the company where they weren’t sure they were going to make it. Steve said when his father was going through this struggle, he realized that this business did not belong to him and it was up to God to decide the direction Hobby Lobby takes. The Green family chose to operate Hobby Lobby on principles based on God’s Word and trusted him for the future.
The second time the Green family faced a crisis with their company Hobby Lobby was when they were confronted with being forced to provide abortion services to employees and decided to sue the federal government all the way up to the Supreme Court.
At the time the Green family was forced into this, they remembered the story of Daniel and how he was faced with challenging decisions. They remembered how in the Bible Daniel challenged kings and governments and God gave him protection even in the lion’s den. The Green family also recalled the story of Job though as well, where he faced suffering. God’s glory is shown through suffering and loss just like Job, and they realized they may be in a position where they would have to lose everything. Steve Green said that peace is not knowing the outcome but knowing that you are in God’s hands regardless of the outcome.
Currently, Steve Green is the founder and Chairman of the Museum of the Bible that will open in Washington DC in 2017.
As the dust from that court victory settles, Green is focusing on a new mission in Washington. Construction begins next month on the as-yet-unnamed Bible museum, and when it opens in 2017, it will be one of the largest museums in the city, about the same size as the nearby Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.
The Bible museum’s proximity to the seat of U.S. government is no accident.
“As many people as we can educate about this book, the better,” Green said. “I think seeing the biblical foundations of our nation — for our legislators to see that, that a lot of that was biblically based, that we have religious freedoms today, which are a biblical concept, it can’t hurt being there.”
The Bible museum will provide History education and show how the impact of the bible has shaped our world. The Bible museum will contain known artifacts like the Dead Sea Scrolls, They will provide education on why the Bible was written and help people see the truth about scriptures. This is one of many projects that Hobby Lobby and the Green family are involved in. The Green family gives 50% of all their earnings to charity, which is unheard of. They continue to stand for Christ and help out many people.