HOPE for the HAPLESS

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Romans 12:12

Everyday Fools

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Here is an uncredited article that ran on the Canadian Lutheran Online site … so I will claim it as my own.

(It really is mine, they just changed the picture to protect my identity!)  Even though I am including it below, I would encourage you to read it on the original site, as it is not only that good … but there is also loads of great content over there that you don’t want to miss.

“The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year.” So wrote the ever-observant Mark Twain with his trademark wit and wisdom … and more than a grain of truth.

April Fools’ Day is celebrated in the Western world on April 1 every year. It’s a day marked by jokes and hoaxes of varying sophistication on friends, family members, teachers, neighbours, work associates, etc. It can be a lot of fun—depending on which side of the joke you find yourself. I’ve always thought a day devoted to fools and foolishness is great as long as I am not the fool in question.

I can’t remember how many April Fools’ Days I spent as a child hunkered down and hoping not to get “caught” by someone’s prank or seen as foolish. Whether you are pranked or not, it’s no way to spend a beautiful spring day much less your whole life. Yet sadly, many Christians do just that day in and day out.

“It’s better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it and leave no doubt” (Mark Twain).

How many Christians firmly shut their mouths and hope to get by without being noticed? How many guard their tongues and lives in case they say or do the wrong thing and be thought of as foolish? And why? Because, for many, what Christians have to say and the hope in which we live is simply foolish! Have no doubt about that.

You, dear Christian, put your trust in

  • a God whose glory was the cross.
  • A Saviour who suffers.
  • A God whose power is made perfect in weakness.
  • The author of Life who died and was buried.
  • An omnipotent being who binds Himself to words, water, and bread and wine.
  • A Lord and King who doesn’t reward works or merit, but repentance and trust.
  • A God who calls to Himself not the fortunate or famous, but the fallible and foolish.

Such things can only seem foolish to others, but they are no joke.

“For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, ‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.’ Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe” (1 Corinthians 1:18-21).

“Let us be thankful for the fools. But for them the rest of us could not succeed” (Mark Twain)

On this April Fools’ Day, lift up your head and give thanks for foolishness of God by which you are saved.

Rejoice in the Divine prank God pulled on sin, death, and the devil on the first Good Friday. Without it we would be lost.

Join in the joke by which death is swallowed up by life, and Satan, who once made damnable fools of us by a tree in a garden, is overcome by the tree of the cross.

Gladly count yourself as a fool in Christ, not just today, but every day.

As Mark Twain said: “Ah, well, I am a great and sublime fool. But then I am God’s fool.”

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Author: kenmaher

When I'm not working I enjoy Astronomy, Camping, Comic Books, Epic Fantasy Novels, Games (both playing and designing), Hiking, Juggling, Sci-fi, and building strange things out of pvc pipe. I also enjoy being an honorary pre-schooler with my four great children ... much to their mother's dismay.

3 thoughts on “Everyday Fools

  1. Many thanks to Ian, and the staff over at the Canadian Lutheran Online, for all their diligence and hard work. You guys do a great and timely job. Keep up the great work.

    But,now that the article is credited to me, I’m not sure I want to be blamed for it!

  2. Good article Ken. Nothing wrong with being “fools for Christ’s sake”.

    I can’t help but think of the “holy fool” motif in Shakespeare’s writing. As much as the Fool in King Lear comes off as ridiculous to wise-in-his-own-eyes Lear, he sees things as they truly are. King Lear eventually recognizes himself for the foolish, broken man he is, when he is openly betrayed by his daughters. But when he is driven out, the Fool accompanies him into the storm. The Christian, while a fool for Christ, may point out the foolishness of the world; but when members of that world finally see their brokenness and realize, like Lear, that they have been fools, we (like the Fool) must be ready to accompany them through their repentance and madness – preferably to an end more pleasant than Lear himself experienced.

  3. Thanks Matthew. I haven’t read King Lear yet … maybe I should. It sounds great. And it reminds me in turn of the role of the court Jester (the paid fool). His job was to say what no one else would say, to play the fool, in order to give the king other ways of looking at problems, or new insights that wouldn’t be found by playing things safe.

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