On April Fool’s Day: Whose fool are you?

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The Verse of the Day for April 1, 2014 is taken from Psalm 14:1

The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.

The same verse is almost repeated verbatim in Psalm 53:1:

The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good.

In Romans 1, Paul speaks of those who hold such unrighteous beliefs in their hearts:

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

At times it may appear that those who would pass themselves off as wise but in their foolish hearts believe that there is no God hold the upper hand and dominate in every facet of society, but believers are to be encouraged and assured that God is in control. Clearly the wisdom of God is far greater than the foolishness of men.

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?”

The Verse of the Day also brings to mind that today is April Fool’s Day, as we recall 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 assuredly here is 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.” (1 Corinthians 1:18-19)

The whole idea of being a “fool for Christ’s sake” on April Fool’s Day evokes this poetic portrait:

My Madsong

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.
All folks think me still odder
Because I talk with God, my Father,
And furthermore, yes, He talks back
(And all the while I smile).

All of this is food for thought on April Fool’s Day, 2014.

 

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