Going public, or coming out from under the bushel Jesus talked about

"Going public" is a phrase used in the world of stocks and bonds. It could also describe the effect of Jesus' teaching on his followers. They made a sharp turn from pursuing only private lives to public service of a spiritual kind.

Through the history of Christian Science, the followers of Christ known as Scientists have also been willing to go public. They have been willing to give witness in some way to the healing power of the true idea of God in their lives—by testifying in church, in the Sentinel, The Herald of Christian Science, or The Christian Science Journal, or by speaking to someone in need. They've been on fire for what the Church of Christ, Scientist, means to humanity, and they've worked to keep its unity and take part in its healing activity. Many have become public practitioners of Christian Science and have healed and drawn others to its teachings. Because of this responsiveness to the light of Christ, the Christian Science movement has moved—surged over the most severe obstacles and organized opposition.

If an honest look at our own thinking tells us we've been holding back on a more open, public kind of giving of Christian Science, we can see we have unnecessarily been cooperating with that which would gladly shut up, isolate, and so close down, what constitutes the most significant force for good in this age—the Science of practical Christianity.

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August 26, 1991

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