Franklin Graham Defends Hobby Lobby’s “One Nation Under God” Independence Day Ad


Evangelist Franklin Graham is defending Christian craft and decorating chain Hobby Lobby after social media critics descended on the business over a 4th of July ad which framed the holiday in the context of faith and included a number of pertinent quotes from American historical figures.

The advertisement, which appeared in newspapers and on social media, showed a child running with an American flag and read “One nation under God,” and “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD,” the words of Psalm 33:12.

The newspaper version of the advertisement included lengthy quotes from figures such as former presidents and Supreme Court justices as well as contact information for anyone who would like to pursue a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Twitter critics slammed the ad as “unconstitutional,” accusing Hobby Lobby of disseminating dominionist propaganda.

“Hobby Lobby Goes Full Dominionist In July 4th Ad,” a headline on an LGBT blog read, as reported by The Christian Post.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation led the charge, using the opportunity to argue that the United States was not a Christian nation, despite the undeniable and tenable historical evidence that our Founding Fathers, many of whom were deeply devout Christians, frequently contextualized the American Revolution and the subsequent establishment of our constitutional republic as being subject to the providence of God, which was likely all Hobby Lobby was attempting to convey.

Graham rushed to the defense of the culturally stigmatized corporation, writing on Facebook that he hoped that the negative exposure the ads received would ultimately be used for God’s glory.

“I hope this exposure for their ads, even though it was intended for harm, will actually allow even more people to read the message and appreciate what Hobby Lobby’s owners, the Green family stand for,” the Samaritan’s Purse leader and son of the legendary evangelist Billy Graham wrote.

“I thank God for the Green family, their Christian-run business, and their strong public stand for the Word of God and biblical values.”

Hobby Lobby is being attacked for running some beautiful full-page newspaper ads on July 4. The ad was titled “One…

Posted by Franklin Graham on Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Radio host, author, and columnist Michael Brown, a Messianic Jew, defended a Christian’s prerogative in hoping its country will be governed by God-fearing values.

“What we do believe is that God’s ways are always best, and that’s why we advocate for biblical principles and seek to live by them personally,” he wrote. “In the same way, others (such as atheists, agnostics, Hindus, Muslims, or secular activists) advocate for their own particular spiritual or secular worldviews and seek to live accordingly. This is all part of the fabric of our nation.”

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