666 and Salsa and Chips

 

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Come to River Falls, Wisconsin, a beautiful town where you can get the Mark of the Beast and experience an exciting walk over the Swinging Bridge!

This might not be the Welcome Wagon’s latest bumper sticker, but something is about to happen in the town of River Falls, Wisconsin and if we don’t address this as a country, we may never address it until it’s too late. And by too late, I mean the world is destroyed kind of “too late”.

Three Square Market is a technology company out of River Falls and on August 1st they are having a pretty big party, like salsa and chips kind of party, but for the worst reason possible. By the way, you wanna know why I hate salsa and chips at a party? Because I think “FREE CHIPS YES!!!” and eat the whole bowl. Anywho, at this party there will also be a bunch of needles and syringes, which the company will be using to inject small microchips into the hands of their employees. Read that last line just a little slower.

“Hey Jerry. Pass the zesty nacho dip and let’s use this needle here to get a small, foreign object stuck permanently inside of your body. Pass the Corona baby!”

I can’t even begin to express my disgust with Three Square Market’s CEO, Todd Wesby, who enthusiastically initiated this program at his company. Shockingly, these types of chips have been approved by the FDA, even though they can become infected or migrate to different parts of the body.

“Sorry, Barb. That’s not a zit on your forehead. It’s a chip, and it’s somehow stuck in your between your skull and your skin. But hey, I’m having a pampered chef party this weekend and wondered if you and Mike…”

Mr. Westby CLAIMS (does it not terrify you when it says a CEO CLAIMS something?) that this chip is not trackable by GPS and that it cannot bring you any super powers (I made the super powers thing up). Seriously, though, does anyone actually trust that technology won’t retroactively make GPS locating happen? I can’t even imagine getting this and having it not sound like a Viagara commercial with all of the disclaimers.

By the way, what happens if the chip gets hacked, which is a definite possibility? I think we’ve seen far too much deception in our dealings with technology companies to do as they ask and take their word for it. Mr. Westby also compares it to keeping our cell phones with us, but hey Todd, can I just share with you that “I DON’T HAVE TO CUT OFF MY FINGER TO LEAVE MY CELL PHONE BEHIND!!!” Just a humble thought.

With fifty of the eighty-five employees agreeing to being injected with the microchip, and the other thirty-five being actual human beings with a clue, maybe we should look to the bible for some insight in this situation (and drug testing for the 50).

Revelation 13:15-18 says “And it was allowed to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast might even speak and might cause those who would not worship the image of the beast to be slain. Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name. This calls for wisdom: let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is 666.”

Our country has a history of first encouraging a new thought, and then turning a thought into a law punishable within the terms associated with the law.  In other words, once we go down this path, I don’t think the Average Joe’s like us can control or even influence this type of initiative. I’m not saying that it’s time to go buy bottled water, hang your Don’t Tread on Me flags, and pick up a new shotgun. I’m just saying this is obviously at the top of the list of bad ideas, even for health reasons, let alone followers of Jesus’ beliefs about the end of the world.

It will be interesting to see if this company makes it mandatory. And then if the state of Wisconsin does. And so on. And so on.

It will be interesting to see if this is the beginning of something that sometimes doesn’t seem like it really is that far away.

 

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