Have you read it yet? I did, and the only indication that I have found that Mr. & Mrs. Green are using a “vision” (really more like an “impression”) to justify staying open is the word of a random individual on Twitter. What I read, was less a justification, and more an encouragement…
That doesn’t at all give this letter a pass. I’ll grant that we don’t have other letters alongside it to see if there has been other kinds of communication going on between the stores and if we did we might see a larger picture. At the very least the generic statement on their website states that they’ll obey what the respective states have to say on the matter. But, like Hillary Clinton said a few years ago “you need both a public and a private position”.
So if I see someone trying to provide an uplifting message in this whole thing, why would I have problems with the letter itself? So glad you asked!
Let’s start with the fact that his wife felt three words were placed upon her heart. I won’t pretend to know anything about whether or not God did this, but such prophecy does no good to the unbeliever, and therefore really ought not be passed along to the masses in the way that Mr. Green did. If we assume that it was real, and not merely of her own heart, then this revelation should have been given to the Church if not kept to herself and/or family- not to the whole of Hobby Lobby. If we reject it, then the use of God’s name in this way is a vain matter.
It seems harmless, trying to encourage people that God is in control. But really what does that mean? God has sent evil to correct the ways of His people, God has sent evil to test His People. God has control, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to go in your favor. Speaking to a massive group of people which do not understand YHWH as though He is going to protect them completely ignores the damage it will do when so many people die and they do not understand what the words “God is in control” really means.
‘For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them every one is given to covetousness; and from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely. They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace. ‘
I’m not saying this is the case with Mrs. Green (I reiterate, I do not know her, and cannot make a judgement of her revelation), but truly we all need to take inventory of the things we speak in God’s name. Are we proclaiming something which is of our own hearts? Proclaiming that which God has not spoken? Unless we know the truth of what Prophecy is. Is it ACTUALLY glorifying God, or does it serve only to elevate our own status as Christians? The only way to really know is if we can be brutally honest with ourselves.
And just in case anyone out there is thinking “Whoever works for that company knew what they were getting into”, let me say this: Everyone deserves a job, shaming anyone because their local Hobby Lobby was willing to hire them lacks compassion.