On the day the Lord gave the Amorites over to Israel, Joshua said to the Lord in the presence of Israel:
“Sun, stand still over Gibeon,
and you, moon, over the Valley of Aijalon.”
So the sun stood still,
and the moon stopped,
till the nation avenged itself on its enemies,
as it is written in the Book of Jashar.
The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day.
- Joshua 10:12-13
The Scripture shows that God can control light. To think that we, through daylight savings, can control or save daylight is absurd.
I was listening to Rev. David Robertson’s podcast, Quantum 66, this past week. He mentioned how a politician in Great Britain had made an absurd statement about gay giraffes, and because of the politician’s standing with the public, the politician’s words were not questioned. I don’t wish to get into climate change, but that is one of my three problems with the climate change “religion”, the pundits blame everything on climate change, even when they contradict themselves, with nothing but empirical data and very little science backing them up. But no one argues the conclusions based merely on supposition. We have a problem. It needs to be addressed, but we may be doing more harm than good and spending time and money on wrong solutions for wrong issues.
But I want to move on to something else. After hearing the Quantum podcast, I was watching my favorite weather programming. This was last Friday with the “Fall Back Saturday” coming the next day. (Might I say, my favorite day of the year! An extra hour of sleep!!) The programming shifted from science (weather) to politics, specifically whether we should keep switching from daylight savings to standard time and back again each year. There are a lot of states proposing a variety of legislation over this topic, but they had two interviews: one from Georgia and one from Maine.
First the politician from Georgia’s first blunder: When asked what benefits staying in daylight savings time would bring, the politician said that most crime occurred at night and with one less hour of darkness, crime would be reduced. Ummm. When Jerry Clower said something along the lines of, “The farmers hate daylight savings time, because that extra hour of sunlight is burning their crops up,” it was a JOKE!!!! Now a politician says it, and no one even blinks.
His second blunder – trying to correct for the first, maybe: Since he firmly is in the camp of one less hour of darkness, what about the light? He said that we don’t necessarily get more light. Okay, he was almost okay there, except for the ‘necessarily.’ Then he said that daylight savings is just the government’s way of controlling the light. Winner, winner, chicken dinner!!! Step aside, God of the universe. The US Congress now “controls the light!”
I think not.
To his benefit, he was well-researched, but poorly groomed for the interview (maybe). If the darkness shifts into the early morning hours, maybe ‘crime’ is still asleep – thus, an artificial time change might lower crime? One, sorta maybe, for the politician. And Congress doesn’t control the light, just how we coordinate light with the man-made construct of time of day. Our Scripture above is one example of God controlling the light.
The second interview was an interesting one in that the politician from Maine wanted to switch Maine to Atlantic time, eliminating any future idea of daylight savings time, although they’d need a second legislative move to ignore nationally set daylight savings – required by federal law, but …. His only stated reason was that commerce with his New Brunswick, Canada neighbors would be in the same time zone. That sounds reasonable, but it was very myopic. He did not want to switch unless other Canada-bordering US states in New England switched also. He had only researched two counties in Maine, the two in the northeastern side, bordering New Brunswick. Those counties, according to the politician, were all for the switch. Yet, most of Maine and all the northern borders of Vermont and New Hampshire border Quebec, a Canadian province in the Eastern time zone, not the Atlantic time zone. Other than a couple of counties in Maine where the politician resided, everyone else affected by his proposed bill would now be an hour ahead of their neighbors to the north, making matters worse, year-round. Of course, there could be a multitude of other reasons (unstated) that might make sense.
What is my feeling about the time change? I could care less, but the data, (mentioned by the Georgia politician – like I said, well-researched) that says that heart attacks increase the week after the time change, gives me the idea that we should find a timeframe and stick to it. Then again, is the heart attack study properly documented with a significantly large enough sample size?
By the way, as a retired person, my only regularly scheduled day to wake up based on the time is on Sunday. There is the occasional doctor appointment that could be any day of the week. Otherwise, it’s all a man-made construct and the daylight has more of an effect than the clock in waking up retired people, in my opinion. I hate that spring forward Sunday, and the one less hour of sleep on a day that I do have the alarm set. If they could change it to 2:00am on Saturday morning… I would never notice.
But these interviews, just after listening to Rev. David Robertson talk about how people of authority making absurd arguments, I couldn’t let it go. This may be a silly example, but an example of making a political statement without someone doing a fact check. Many fact check everything the president says, it seems, but are other politicians given the same scrutiny, or do the masses believe the mainstream media wouldn’t color the facts a bit?
Happy Standard Time in the US. For the rest of the world, I hope this provided you laugh at us at our expense, and deservedly so.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.