Today has been dubbed as “the most light-hearted day of the year.” It’s April 1st. Better known as “April Fool’s Day.”
While the origins of this day are uncertain, history records that people have been using this day to play pranks on people as far back as the Middle Ages. By 1700 it seems to have been popularized in England.
Newspapers, Television stations, web sites and radio stations will often go to great lengths to report outrageous fictional stories to fool their audiences. In fact, early this morning Google already perpetrated one hoax that backfired.
According to this day in history, there have been some hilarious “April Fool’s” pranks that duped gullible people.
In 1957 the BBC reported that Swiss farmers were experiencing a record spaghetti crop and showed footage of people harvesting noodles from trees; numerous viewers were fooled.
In 1985, Sports Illustrated tricked many of its readers when it ran a made-up article about a rookie pitcher named Sidd Finch who could throw a fastball over 168 miles per hour.
In 1996, Taco Bell, the fast-food restaurant chain, duped people when it announced it had agreed to purchase Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell and intended to rename it the Taco Liberty Bell.
In 1998, after Burger King advertised a “Left-Handed Whopper,” scores of clueless customers requested the fake sandwich.
ThePreachersWord decided not to play any tricks on its readers today. But in a more serious tone to remind us that becoming a spiritual fool is no laughing matter.
The Hebrew word for “fool” is “Nadal”, which literally means “stupid.” It has nothing to do with intellect, but denotes impiety and moral perversity. The fool scoffs at God. He ridicules the idea of a Creator. He mocks Divine guidelines for his lifestyle.
God, in His Word, clearly refers to some people as fools. Saul who sinned against David by his suspicion, anger, and jealousy admitted, Indeed I have played the fool and erred exceedingly.” (1 Sam 26:21). Sixty-eight times the Bible speaks of ways in which we may we guilty of “playing the fool.”
Consider these 12 warnings of wisdom from the book of Proverbs.
“The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’” (14:1)
“Whoever hides hatred has lying lips, And whoever spreads slander is a fool.” (10:18)
“The wise in heart will receive commands, But a prating fool will fall.” (10:8)
“A fool finds pleasure in evil conduct, but a man of understanding delights in wisdom.” (10:23)
“The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, But he who heeds counsel is wise” (12:15)
In everything the prudent acts with knowledge, but a fool flaunts his folly. (13:16)
“A wise man fears the Lord and shuns evil, but a fool is hotheaded and reckless.” (14:16)
“A fool spurns his father’s discipline, but whoever heeds correction shows prudence.” (15:5)
“A fool finds no pleasure in understanding But delights in airing his own opinions.” (18:2)
“A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control.” (29:11)
“He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, But whoever walks wisely will be delivered.” (28:26)
“As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his folly.” (26:11)
Have a good time today. Play a prank. Enjoy a joke. Just don’t be a spiritual fool. Because the results will be eternally disastrous. And that’s no joke.
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman