The story is told of a man who wore a sandwich board in New York City as he walked the streets. On the front written in bold letters was this statement: “I’m a fool for Christ’s sake!” People passed and chuckled or snickered , but they changed their expressions when they turned around to read the back of the sign which asked, “Whose fool are you?”
This story shared on April Fools’ Day brings to mind the words of the Apostle Paul who reminds believers: “We are fools for Christ’s sake.”
The lyrics to the chorus of the popular song “Everybody Plays the Fool” also remind us of this truth:
Everybody plays the fool sometime
There’s no exception to the rule
Listen, baby, it may be factual, may be cruel
I ain’t lyin’, everybody plays the fool
Since everybody plays the fool sometime in life and in love, many have decided that, like the gentleman in New York, we will be a fool for Christ’s sake, since the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger that men,” so say the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 1:25).
Most amazingly April 1 or April Fools’ Day occurs this year on Palm Sunday or “Passion Sunday”, the beginning of Holy Week, the solemn period leading up to the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ, celebrated on Easter. Most assuredly here is a situation where we note the distinction between the ways of men who purport themselves to be wise, and the ways of God who uses foolishness to confound the wise:
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.”
The whole idea of being a “fool for Christ’s sake” on April Fools’ Day brings to mind this poetic self-portrait:
We are fools for Christ’s sake,
but you are wise in Christ!
We are weak, but ye are strong!
You are distinguished, but we are dishonored.
I Corinthians 4:10
I am stark raving mad as a gitsy;
I am insane and crazy as a loon.
Though my voice is stronger,
My lyrics are wronger.
My madsong is plainly out of tune
(But all the while I smile).
I am a rare and bizarre exception
Who loves to laugh outloud and cry.
My mind borders hysterical;
Each day I see a miracle.
I live on earth with my home in the sky
(And all the while I smile).
I make my point with certainty–
Another fact which clearly shows
That I am deceived or naiver,
With the mind of a child, a believer
Who knows that he knows that he knows
(Why all the while I smile).
So I still dream my dreams and live
My life in such a simple style.
The world wants to eat me for supper,
But I just laugh and keep the upper
Hand and keep walking mile by mile
(As all the while I smile).
They call me kook, fanatic and fool
Because of my peculiar knack.
Folks think me still odder
Because I talk with God, my Father,
And furthermore, yes, He talks back
(And all the while I smile).
From Stone upon Stone: Psalms of Remembranc
Destiny House Images provides a musical reminder with graphic Biblical illustrations in the video above to show that the “The Foolishness of God is Wiser than Men.” All of this is food for thought on Palm Sunday, April Fool’s Day, 2012.