Dear Brothers and Sisters,
It has come to our attention that many you, especially in the developed world, have chosen to outfit your homes with artificial lighting. While there is nothing wrong with husbands wishing to see more clearly while studying - or for sisters to want to add some extra lighting when cleaning the home - we need to be careful how we choose to use this technology. Yes indeed, it is crucial for us to ask ourselves when is it appropriate and inappropriate to use artificial lighting!
For example, would it be acceptable to fully light our homes after sunset? Many in the world choose to extend daylight inside their houses by many long hours well into the night. But ask yourself, how would Jehovah feel about this? Consider, for a moment, the account in Genesis in which we learn that Jehovah made a division between night and day. He called the darkness night and the light day. Would fully lighting our homes at night show we respect this arrangement? Would using the night for daytime activities really be appropriate?
Consider too that many bad places in the world use artificial lighting - sometimes all night long - like casinos, brothels, harry potter conventions, etc. Surely we would not want to make our homes anything like these debase institutions of the world!
Of course, there are appropriate times and places for artificial lights. We know from the Bible that olive lamps were used to guide people through the night. So a little lighting at night is not necessarily a bad thing. So long as we are not disrespectfully trying to turn the night into day.
In conclusion, we know that Satan is ever trying to deceive us. He is even known as the "shinning one". Let us not fall prey to his traps and instead use discernment when using artificial lighting in our homes.
The Governing Borg