Let me begin by saying that I love a laugh as much as the next man, so much so that I texted my wife this morning about something that had happened in the house and I didn’t have time to resolve it before I left for work. She thought it was an April fool’s joke! Such as my love for good humour.
What about the 9th Commandment?
Well in Exodus 20 we do read the following:
Exodus 20:16 (ESV) “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”
The term “false witness” has been changed to “lie” but it means so much more, false witness means also to gossip, talebear, slander, create false impressions, silence against accusations you know to be false or questioning the motives behind ones actions to cause contention.
Wow? Anyone else guilty? We also read in Colossians 3:9 “not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds” so in this circumstance I agree that it is not good to lie.
I often hear the argument that we should “do unto others as we would be done unto” I would agree that being blunt with the truth is not helpful as we are also advised to be compassionate one to another.
Is it good to lie for fun? Well let’s read on and we will let you decide for yourselves.
April 1st through different lenses
Imagine a day when it was okay to lie, it would be perfectly acceptable to spread the most fanciful and scandalous tales in an effort to dupe people into believing that your tale was true. When it was exposed as a lie, urban legend, a story or untruth you could simply blame the calendar and advise that the reason for this fabrication in the first place was because of the actual date the story was spun.
Okay, I am being a little melodramatic but this essentially is what April fools day is! Before I became a Christian I loved April Fools Day and used to scan the redtop newspapers (One of the few days I would buy a few of them) to search for the stories that were fake and trying to decipher which ones were real and which ones were not.
Satan loves lies
For me, April fools day is the best day for Satan to launch an attack, defenses are down, and lies are widespread, everyone is expecting wild and fanciful stories and some of the lies and slander may well stick.
Am I anti humour?
Actually no! I would urge that you check my Facebook and Instagram to see that I love a good laugh. A good laugh can keep you healthier, lower stress and encourage better mental health. So the benefits from a health standpoint are able to be shown from a health perspective.
I love to laugh, so much so that sometimes I go purple and forget to breathe (which presents its own problems) so I have to be careful what I watch as I do love to laugh. I also like to be the comedian. There is no greater high than either of the following:
1- Teaching the word of God to someone and they get the rich gems that God has given you to share
2- Telling jokes and having folks rolling about laughing at something you have said.
I am very much like Chandler in the TV show Friends, I have the awkwardness of humour, sometimes funny, sometimes obvious, I tell corny jokes, I tell jokes too frequently. I am not always comfy with awkward silences and use humour as a defense mechanism for some of my other shortcomings and my humour filter does not always work.
So, Should we celebrate April fools as a Christian?
That is really up to you. For me, it is all down to the heart, if you have no conviction that you should not then please do not abstain on my behalf, however if you have been convicted that you should not then I would advise that you follow where God is leading you.
God bless you all and TGBTG