Happy April Fools’ Day!
(Image Source: Walter Bright)
Oddly enough, April Fools’ Day brings interesting reflections of God’s word. It all started when my friend shared this article on our Whatsapp group chat.
Apparently, it is because of Saint Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 4: 10-13,
“For I think that God has exhibited us apostles as last of all, like men sentenced to death; because we have become a spectacle to the world, to angels and to men. We are fools for Christ’s sake … To the present hour, we hunger and thirst, we are ill-clad and buffeted and homeless, and we labor, working with our own hands. When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure; when slandered, we try to conciliate; we have become and are now, as the refuse of the world, the offscouring of all things.”
Wow! Who would want to go through that? Doesn’t that sounds tough and … crazy? It seems like to be “a fool for Christ” is to be mocked, scorned and hated by this world, to be the butt of jokes, to be held in derision. That’s insanity!
But, let’s think about it..
Being “a fool for something” implies that a person is doing something that defies logic or reason. Who among us haven’t been a fool before? I’m not talking about being an idiot or doing something clown-like. But, when we do something that makes sense to us but seems ridiculous and unconventional to others?
If we think about it, when we are “head over heals” or “crazy in love” over someone, isn’t that considered being “a fool in love” as well? We do things which even our closest best-est friends don’t understand. We just want to give and give – beyond all logic and reason, against all odds. And, we claim to be so because we are “drowning” in so much love and that’s how we express the feelings inside. Well, if we were to love foolishly and crazily, isn’t it super cool to do so for the source and epitome of love himself – Jesus Christ?
And you know what makes being “a fool for Christ” even more amazing? Jesus loves fools! Whenever there’s a child who just runs up to him, an outcast who doesn’t comprehend the social norms, or a person who drops their life to “follow Him”, He rejoices and rewards them greatly. In Matthew 18:3, “He said, ‘In truth I tell you, unless you change and become like little children you will never enter the kingdom of Heaven.’” Heck! He even loved a man who’s foolish enough to build an ark on land! (The movie Noah is coming out this week – just had to write that. haha!)
So, would you want to be a fool for Christ? Are you willing to risk ridicule and failure to announce Jesus Christ? Some say that the world has gone mad and the Gospel is irrelevant and out of season. It is now, more than ever, that the Lord needs a few fools to risk ridicule and hatred to proclaim His word. The world is already full of smart, witty and brilliant people, it can use a few more foolish ones. If Saint Nikolai Velimirovich visited you and said, “Either we are fools for the world because of Christ or we are fools for Christ because of the world.” Which one would you choose?
I’m not asking you to quit your job and join the monastery. Not even all saints did that! (I think..) But, small acts make a difference, my friend. If you let go of your image to remain steadfast in God’s image, that counts. Do you say grace in crowded lunch canteen? Do you don a cross on your forehead every Ash Wednesday? Do you share your faith with strangers and acquaintances? If you reject worldly cares, endure mockery, and withstand humiliation to imitate Christ (no matter how small), you are a fool yourself!
Indeed, today, being “April Fools’ Day,” let us celebrate those Christians who have sacrificed their personal comforts, social standing, and financial gain in exchange for imitating Christ, and living the humble life of a Christian. This may include you as well!
And, if you were to be a fool, then be a fool for Christ. We’ll falter and stumble through a lot of confusion. But, there’s a bound to be a lot of hope, love, and band-aids where Christ is, right? After all, Jesus loves a fool like us.
Yup! I have a song for that: Jesus Loves a Fool Like Me by Jaime Leopold. You can find the lyrics here.
God bless! ❤