The day is just a few hours old, and one way or another (maybe the hard way?), you will discover that today is April Fools’ Day! One of my fondest April Fools’ moments happened back in junior high. We had a prankster in our science class whom I will call “Bobby”, and I will call my science teacher “Mrs. Carter.” April 1st of that year, Bobby was up to his tomfoolery during a class lecture. Mrs. Carter was not having this and called him out, “Bobby, you’re going to detention!” Hopeful he could avoid doing time, Bobby cleverly replied, “April Fools?” To which Mrs. Carter definitively answered, “No, April 2nd!”
Some, like my former classmate above, take this unofficial holiday very seriously. (And if you’re wondering, yes, even a Christian can have some fun on this day!) I’ve never been much of a prankster myself, but I appreciate some of the well-done pranks I’ve seen during my lifetime (done in good taste, of course). Still, I cannot help but look beyond the frivolity of the day and be reminded of two serious passages of Scripture:
- “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.'” (Psalm 14:1)
- “For although they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks to Him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools….” (Romans 1:21-22)
But the blind lead the blind into bottomless pits,
Still, we smile and deny that we’re cursed;
But of all our iniquities,
Ignorance may be the worst!
Ignorance the worst of all iniquities? How true! All sin really stems from denying God’s existence and eminence. Moreover, all sin is foolishness because it means we purport to know more than God, even to be greater than Him.
As a Christian, I often need to be humbled. I have to be reminded that I was once a “fool” in the eyes God. It was not until He opened my eyes and saved me by His grace. And only then could I truly understand the glorious truths of Scripture and experience the joy of salvation!
Reader, if you have not yet come to grips with this, hear me out: You do not need anymore proof that God exists. He has proven Himself to us in His world (“general revelation”) and in His Word (“special revelation”). You either believe Him, or you don’t – everyone is without excuse! (cf. Romans 1:20)
Here’s a real treat that I just discovered (surprised I never found this until now): Dustin performing an acoustic version of “All The World Is Mad”!