April Fools’ Day


Today is April Fools’ Day! Much to the chagrin and paranoia of innocent bystanders, today will be filled with jokes and pranks by scheming children, and possibly even a few adults. My pranks were never too elaborate as a kid, but I may or may not have been responsible for putting a rubber band around the sink sprayer. My little sister also probably had good reason to be extra suspicious on this day. Sometimes my elementary school friends and I would even pull off fake injuries, particularly on our favorite teacher, Mr. D, the gym teacher.

April Fools’ Day can be a silly, yet fun day. While April Fools’ Day is not a national holiday – and why on earth would it be? – it is observed by many nations around the world. In the UK, they only play jokes until noon. If a person plays a joke after that point, everyone else will call him an “April Fool!” In France, Italy, and Belgium, people will secretly try to stick a paper fish on each other’s backs and will shout, “April fish,” if accomplished.

Sadly, there is another “day” dedicated to fools. Unlike April 1st, this isn’t a laughing matter at all and it’s one that God speaks about. Psalm 14:1 and 53:1 identify this day for us, “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’” The day a person comes to the conclusion that God does not exist is without a doubt one of most tragic, and foolish, days.

The existence of God is a very hotly debated topic, but if a person is willing to honestly and sincerely examine the evidence on both sides of the coin, they should come to the truth Romans 1:20 reveals, “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.”

While the battle over God’s existence continues to heat up and the army of atheists seems to be growing, let’s not be discouraged. There is going to come a day when no one will be an atheist anymore (Philippians 2:9-11). Until that day, let’s continue to try and teach the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15) by pointing out the mountain of logical and reasonable evidence in support the almighty Creator!

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