Welcome to Roger’s Take on Religion: An Inclusive Perspective
At the end of the day, all of us want to feel that our life has held some meaning. For most, this includes caring for our family as best we can and giving a few dollars to charity. Not so for the Green family, owners of the Hobby Lobby chain of craft stores. They are large-vision people.
The Greens are well-known for operating Hobby Lobby on biblical principles – closing their stores on Sundays so employees can attend church, for example.
Now it’s revealed that the Green family is under investigation for illegally importing antiquities from Iraq. The items in question are among 40,000 artifacts collected for their Museum of the Bible to open next year in Washington, DC.
Until these legal matters are settled, let’s assume that no biblical principles have been violated – “Thou shalt not steal,” for example. Instead, consider the implications of a Green-funded Bible museum.
Here’s My Take: Encasing the Bible in an eight-story building is a bold attempt to create a fortress against “anti-biblical” movements (gay rights, feminism, etc.) and promote a Christian evangelical vision that denies the validity of other faiths. Like playing “Capture the Flag,” the Greens have stolen the Bible.
The danger here is that the “Living Word” – the story of God’s redeeming love for the likes of you and me – may never escape. I keep humming Joni Mitchell’s song, “Big Yellow Taxi.”