Celebrating Darkness

Since 2007, Earth Hour is being observed worldwide on the last Saturday of March. The event is growing in popularity as more and more individuals, communities, households and businesses join the movement every year to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. local time. In 2017, Earth Hour will be observed on 25 March.

In the beginning, says the Bible, there was darkness. But God said, “Let there be light!” and there was light, and God saw that the light was good. (Genesis 1:1-5) In God’s scheme of creation, light came first, life came later. Without light, there cannot be life. No wonder that scientists and historians refer to the era of primitive human life as the dark ages.

But while the Old Testament documents the creation of light and its goodness, the New Testament makes the admission that human beings loved darkness rather than light! So God had to send his own son to give light and life to the world. (John 3:16-19)

Jesus spoke about himself, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12) He also wanted his enlightened followers to propagate that light. “You are the light of the world”, he said to them, “a city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16)

God’s desire was to have his creation illuminated by his light. If our present generation is celebrating darkness, there is perhaps a need to ponder over our priorities, directions and definitions of human life.

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