Daylight Savings Time is Presumptuous

Benjamin Franklin first conceived the idea of Daylight Savings Time during his term as French ambassador in 1783. He published an essay titled “An Economical Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light” that proposed to economize the use of candles by rising earlier to make use of the morning sunlight.* 

Daylight Savings Time changes the standard time to maximize the daylight by having sunrise occur one hour later in the morning and sunset one hour later in the evening. It was first implemented in the U.S. during World War I in an effort to save precious energy resources. President Franklin Roosevelt implemented year-round Daylight Savings Time during World War II. During the oil embargo of 1973, extending Daylight Savings Time saved an estimated 10,000 barrels of crude oil a day. 

I think Daylight Savings Time is presumptuous. 

While I understand the economics behind it, I still think it’s presumptuous. Telling God we have a better idea of when the sun should rise and set? 

Whether the sun is up when I awaken isn’t a big issue, but our society doesn’t stop at tweaking our daylight hours. We feel the freedom to rewrite all the rules God put into place. We tell God he got marriage all wrong. And gender. And when life begins. And when it should end. And all the other social issues our culture is trying to redefine. 

We act as though God’s laws and principles are negotiable.
They’re not. 

God created the universe, and he created mankind. He knows what’s best for us, and we can trust him.

‘Nuff said.

“For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools” (Romans 1:21-22). 

Of special note: Arizona isn't presumptuous, at least on the matter of DST. They asked for and received a special exemption to Daylight Savings Time. You can read more about it here.


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 Homeschool Mom's Morning Out
Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013
10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Mt. Airy Baptist Church Fellowship Hall
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  1. What a neat perspective! We are so sure that we "know best" about so many things, when obviously GOD is the only One Who "knows best."
    Will be sharing this w/a link on my FB pages and blog.

  2. I get what you are trying to say, but time as we know it, as in the 24 hour day, is not an act of God but rather a construct of man anyway. God invented the cycles of the moon and the sun, but clocks, no, that was all on us. Before clocks men used things like sunrise and rooster crows. The concept of the twenty four hour day is just man's best approximation dividing up the heavenly movements into something mathematical and trackable and it isn't a perfect system, hence we have things like leap years to correct how our 365 day calender doesn't perfectly fit the seasons and daylight savings to correct how our 12 hour day doesn't exactly fit daylight hours. If anything, adjusting our clocks to go with the natural light is a nod to God rather than the other way around. It is admitting that humans can invent clocks but we can't control the sun.

  3. Daylight Savings Time has always "bugged" me as I struggle to get used to new sleep patterns. I got up this morning at the new 4:00 a.m.! will take a week or so for my body to get used to this. But you are so right...God knows best in all things. We, as humans, like to meddle when we should just let our Father take care of it. We can trust Him!

  4. I suppose its all about perspective. While God did create the time cycle that we consider a day, humans have been the one to categorize the different hours. It actually seems to me to make more sense that we adjust to the rising and setting of the sun as God created it to change slightly through the year, then arbitrarily ruling that we should continue on our rigid sleep schedule despite the fact that the sun rises later during half of the year.

    In Christ,

  5. I wish there were a way to set my dog's internal clock forward and back...:-) She is driving me crazy with the time change! I hope your talk in Easley went great. I'm stopping in from Wedded Wednesday.

    1. I agree, Kim, my dog, Winston, is having the same struggle. Let me know if you find a solution!

  6. The time change does a number on babies and toddlers too!! Great minds think alike :-) as I wrote a post about Daylight Savings Time on my Blessed At Home contributor page on my blog. I even used Benjamin Franklin too. Yours is much better :-) as you went to your own writing workshops and I haven't yet. ;-)

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