“I wish they’d just leave it alone.” Have you ever heard anyone say this regarding Daylight Savings Time? It certainly can be a hassle, but do we really have any choice, unless we want to be out of sync with all those who do change their clocks twice a year?
“Spring forward, fall back”
Saturday night I dutifully set our clocks back one hour for the end of Daylight Savings.
But the trouble was, I did it a week too early. I was going by my pocket calendar that said it was time to change the clocks, so I did.
The trouble was, I was using a 2006 calendar to prevent having to buy a new one for the current year. Since both 2006 and 2017 began on a Sunday, I figured it would do just fine.
The trouble was, the date to fall back had been changed since then to the first Sunday of November. I had forgotten that.
As a result, I missed Bible class. A week early and an hour late.
So what lesson can we draw from my slip-up? Simply this, I was going by the wrong standard and didn’t realize it.
More wrong standards
Do people ever go by the wrong standard in religion? All the time.
Such erroneous standards include:
- Old Testament laws which are no longer in force, now that we are under the New Covenant (2 Corinthians 3:4-18; Hebrews 8:6-13)
- Additional writings purported to be divinely inspired and accepted as equally authoritative with the Bible (Proverbs 30:6)
- Religious traditions which are of human, not divine, origin (Matthew 15:1-9)
- Pronouncements by religious leaders who claim to speak directly for God (Jeremiah 23:25-32)
- One’s own subjective feelings (Proverbs 3:5; 14:12; 28:26; Jeremiah 10:23; 17:9).
And that’s not all! With so many different standards, is it any wonder that division prevails?
But God’s word unites all who hold to the Scriptures as their only standard, neither adding to nor taking from.
This is “the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints” (Jude 3).
Next spring I’ll be more careful.
Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/
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