No man, when he hath lighted a candle, covereth it with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed; but setteth it on a candlestick, that they which enter in may see the light (Luke 8:16)~ We all have these strong witnesses around us. Thank God for them. But in the sad state of affairs of this world, many are hiding their “light” so as not to offend those that wish not to accept it! All it takes is some “group” to say the Christian “way” is offensive and here comes another measure to protect the opposition… And what of us believers? Here we go backing down and hiding our faith! People get offended because someone with Christian values portrays their values so they petition the ’system’ to silence them! But let someone with ‘compromised’ values express their views… they get protection. I’m not surprised that the ‘law’ would bow to pressure because it’s about positive approval ratings and the love of money, but I’m MORE offended that people, rather than standing behind their Christian values would rather give in, cower down and hide their ‘light’! The world is so backwards that it would fight for a Christian value to be oppressed and suppressed while at the same time promoting to allow a hatred organization or a non-Christian forum to have its say. How are you going to tell me I can’t acknowledge my God because it offends you but I’m supposed to “respect” you for your desire to promote ideals, lifestyles and culturalistic values contradictory to my beliefs?? Well THAT offends me! The same freedom of speech that allows you to be you allows me to be me and I’d bet my eternity on my position. Would you??? If you don’t like what I have to say, then don’t listen, but don’t even THINK I I am going to stop saying it because you don’t want to hear it… just because the “truth” convicts you!!! Look, the gifts we have, will be continued to us or not, as we use them for the glory of God, and the good of our brethren. God didn’t put that fire in you for you to keep it ‘low key’! We are called to share the good news. And we are also called to live it. It really is powerful to see people practice what they believe. We need to walk the talk, we need to live out our faith. It’s not enough to believe and keep it in your circles, nor is it enough not to hold the truth in unrighteousness; we should desire to hold forth the Word of life, and to shine, giving light to all around. Unbelievers will shout and proclaim their defiance and speak out against everything that stands for the Will of God. It’s time for the believers of God to shine the light He has placed within them! Stop buckling and caving and hiding your God-given faith, ability and mind. Stop trying to blend in with the world; we are called to stand out and be a beacon of the light within us! Darkness cannot move Light, but Light shines through, separates and removes darkness! That light of yours… That blessing…that ability…that belief and system of values so deeply rooted in the Word…..you need to Let it Shine!