All Scripture is given by the inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
If the Great Commission is to go out and spread the Good News then why would anyone who knows that light and possesses the truth put it under a basket, or as was written in a letter to the editor by Bruce McCutcheon, keep it in our homes or churches.
It seems to us that the author is trying to avoid persecution. Well persecution is already here. People of faith are being killed and imprisoned all over the world. We are a nation of laws originally based on the truth of our faith, but that is where the enemy of faith is attacking us in this country.
It's the same lie that Satan used in the Garden of Eden -- God is holding out on you, eat the apple and have the knowledge of God. So in man's greed or arrogance he decided to play the odds and become a god unto himself. We are still playing the odds when we ignore our consciences of what is right and true.
This is an eyewitness account of what happens when you allow your faith to be squashed by minorities (The Nazis were only 10 percent of the German population) ...
"We heard stories of what was happening and what was in the trains that ran behind our church. We tried to distance ourselves, thinking that there was nothing we could do to stop it. Week after week the train whistle would blow. We dreaded it because we could hear the screams of the Jews as they were being taken to the death camps. We would sing hymns as they passed. The closer they came, the louder we would sing so we could hear them no more. Years have passed and no one talks about it now, but I still hear that train whistle in my sleep."
Jesus said, "If you deny me before men, I will deny you before my Father."
What do you think your choice should be? I hope it isn't to stand in your house or church and sing louder.