Tucked within the Book of Revelation, a vision of the end times given the Apostle John, he saw a time coming when people would not be able buy or sell if they did not take the mark of the beast.
17 and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name. (Revelation 13:17 NASV)
Though there have been books written on the mark of the beast, we still have no idea what it involves, certainly I don’t. Some suggest it will be computerized chips that are inserted in our hands, but it’s doubtful a chip would be put on our forehead which is where John says it will also appear (Revelation 13:16).
I don’t believe the mark of the beast has made its appearance yet, but the idea that people will not be able to buy or sell because of a person’s beliefs is already starting to show up.
It involves the story of two farmers, Steve and Bridget Tennes, who own Country Mill Farms near East Lansing, Michigan. They are Catholics and in 2016 they would not allow a gay couple to have their wedding on the farm, because of the Tennes’ views on traditional marriage.
However, that is not the issue that we are talking about. After that incident, the City of East Lansing (population 48,000) actually banned the Catholic farmers from selling their product at a local farmers’ market in 2017. City officials discovered their beliefs on the farm’s Facebook page.
In other words, the city politicians were trying to stop the couple from selling their products because of their support of traditional marriage or simply because of what they believed.
Represented by the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), the couple took East Lansing to court and had the ban overruled . The judge stated that the city was probably violating their religious and as well free speech rights and ordered the city to let the Country Mill farm participate in the 2017 farmers’ market.
Despite the Judges ruling, in 2018, the city again barred the Tennes from participating in that year’s farmers’ market. The city states that the judge’s ruling was limited to the 2017 season.
So the ADF is going to court one more time to get a permanent injunction against the city, that appears determined to stop the Tennes from being able to buy and sell because of their beliefs. The ADF hopes to have that ruling in time for the 2019 market season.
Speaking on behalf of ADF, Kate Anderson said:
“All Americans should be free to live and speak according to their deeply held religious beliefs without fear of government punishment. Yet East Lansing officials changed their market policy to shut out Steve Tennes because they don’t like his Catholic beliefs regarding marriage. Courts have repeatedly rejected these types of practices as unconstitutional discrimination.”
- These Christian farmers are fighting back after being banned for their views on traditional marriage: Breaking Christian News