Arizona Christian University on April 9 presented Hobby Lobby Founders David and Barbara Green with the 4th Daniel Award for Courageous Public Faith in honor of their stand for the sanctity of life and religious freedom, combined with running a successful business that closes on Sundays and takes great care of its employees. The Greens received the award at a banquet in their honor at The Scottsdale Plaza Resort with nearly 400 people in attendance.
During the banquet the Greens participated in a question and answer time with ACU President Len Munsil, in which they discussed their journey in growing Hobby Lobby from its modest beginning to now having more than 600 stores totaling over $3.65 billion in sales in 2014. The Greens also discussed their decision to stand up for the sanctity of life through a lawsuit challenging the HHS contraceptive/abortion mandate. The lawsuit resulted in a 5-4 decision from the U.S. Supreme Court that protects our freedom to operate businesses consistent with our religious principles.
The banquet also featured messages from President Munsil regarding ACU’s future, encouragement from ACU student Josiah Friedman about the difference ACU has made in equipping him as a pro-life leader, musical selections from current ACU students, prayers from Pastor Tommy Barnett of Phoenix First Assembly and ACU Trustee and Pastor Larry Anderson of North Bible Church, and was emceed by ACU Trustee Floyd Brown.
In addition to the banquet that evening, David and Barbara Green addressed the ACU student body in the university’s chapel service on campus Thursday morning. This was also a question and answer time with President Munsil, where the Greens shared with the students about their journey as Christians in the commercial marketplace.
“We are thankful the Greens were able to spend so much time with our students, faculty and staff, and then to speak at our Daniel Award dinner,” said President Munsil. “Their humility, kindness and deep and courageous faith in Christ was evident to all. I have already heard so many testimonies from those who were touched, encouraged and inspired by the Greens and their visit to Arizona Christian University.”
The ACU community is grateful for the Greens and their example of steadfast faithfulness and obedience to God in their lives and work.
Arizona Christian University’s Daniel Award for Courageous Public Faith derives its name from the Old Testament example of Daniel and his willingness to defy an unjust decree and continue in public prayer. The award is given to individuals who have courageously stood for Jesus Christ and His truths within their sphere of influence. The Daniel Award was inaugurated at Arizona Christian University’s 50th anniversary celebration during the spring of 2011, and the first recipient was the 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush. The 2nd Daniel Award was presented to the Rev. Franklin Graham, President of Samaritan’s Purse and of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, in the spring of 2012. Three-time Grammy Award Winner and 40-time Dove Award recipient Michael W. Smith received the 3rd Daniel Award.