Matthew 5:14-15 (NIV) "You are the light of the world - like a city on a mountain, glowing in the night for all to see. Don't hide your light under a basket! Instead, put it on a stand and let it shine for all."
Notice in this scripture it says that we (Christians) are 'the' light of the world, not 'a' light. To me, that is bringing it home to us how important it is that we get out from under anything that would hide that light. I've always thought of this scripture as meaning we have a light and to let it shine, but instead it is saying we ARE the light and don't hide! Being something is much greater than owning something!
There's never been a darker time in our world since I was born than now. It seems that everyday, I hear of the most horrendous evil acts that have been done to humans and animals. Things that could only be done by someone who has no conscious, no feelings of guilt in inflicting harm. I will never forget a dream I had nearly ten years ago now. I dreamed that I was asleep in bed when I was awakened by a disturbing presence in my room. I sat up and began searching the darkness to see what was there. Suddenly, I wasn't looking in my bedroom any longer, but looking into space at planet earth. I saw a large dark ugly figure with a huge bucket in his hand standing over the earth. He tipped the bucket over and a black bubbly substance came pouring out of it onto the earth. I saw each bubble hit the planet, and as each one touched the surface of the earth it took bodily form and scurried away. The figure pouring out these evil forms began to laugh and I immediately knew it was Satan, releasing more evil into the world than ever.
But we should not be afraid! We are THE light! When darkness abounds, the light becomes its brightest! We have a promise in Isaiah 59:19 (KJV) "So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him."