On Being Wrong, Part 34


Romans 3:23: We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.

I don’t know if you’ve ever been wrong. I suspect you have, given the sinful, fallen nature of this world and of human beings. It seems sometimes we can’t get anything right, and must rely on the forgiveness and understanding of others to make through each day. I know I’ve made a career of being wrong about so many things, but I want to share with you one small example, and it has to do with Daylight Saving Time, or as I call it, Demonic Enslavement Time. Not really.

I used to be an ardent fan of Daylight Saving Time, and I bought into the rationale for changing all the clocks twice a year and causing untold misery for millions of people. If it sounds like something happened to my cherished beliefs, something did, courtesy of my mother-in-law.

Becky’s mom, Wilhelmina Detwiler, has never liked DST. She says, “It’s like someone who cuts a foot off the end of a blanket, sews it onto the other end, thinking they have a longer blanket.” I tried to tell her that it gave more daylight to people who had to work long hours and also had the sun come up and set at the right time, but she wouldn’t budge on her opinion.

I was wrong. DST was instituted in 1918 to take advantage of natural sunlight as much as possible, although many people didn’t like it, and it was repealed in 1919 and reinstituted for good (so far) during World War II. It wasn’t standardized in this country until 1966, which should tell us something. When it was put into effect, few farms and some business didn’t have electricity, so using natural light as much as possible made some sense. And changing the clocks costs the country $434 million each time it’s done, and that doesn’t include increased medical costs from traffic and work-related accidents. Clearly, it’s past time to repeal this nefarious scheme and go back to time as it was meant to be. Set the clocks and leave them. Please.

Of course, as I said, this is only one of the many mistakes I’ve made. But I am so glad and blest that God forgives these errors and many others far more serious. Praise God for the gifts of grace and forgiveness so freely given to us at such a great cost, the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, our Lord and only Savior. Amen.



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