As I sit here practicing Christmas carols for the upcoming holiday season, my mind jumped to a billboard on the side of a bus. The news clip CNN showed was of a happy-go-lucky guy in a Santa suit, lifting his right hand to the words that said, “Why believe in god? Just be good for goodness sake.”
I’m still having a hard time closing my mouth over that one. Look at this! Compare the new billboard to the origin of “April Fool’s Day.”
The popular theory of April Fool’s Day involves the French calendar reform of the 16th century, when France moved the start of the year from the end of March to Jan. 1. Those who refused to go along with the new change had jokes played on them. Pranksters would sneakily stick paper fish to their backs. The victims of this prank were thus called Poisson d’Avril, or April Fish — which is the French term for April Fools. http://www.museumofhoaxes.com/hoax/Hoaxipedia/April_Fools_Day_-_Origin/#The_Calendar-Change_Theory
Will we see the day when we are called “Christian fools?”
“Don’t fool yourself. Don’t think that you can be wise merely by being up-to-date with the times. Be God’s fool — that’s the path to true wisdom. What the world calls smart, God calls stupid. It’s written in Scripture, He exposes the chicanery of the chic. The Master sees through the smoke screens of the know-it-alls.” [1 Corinthians 3:18-20, The Message Bible]
The point is this — the calendar change was successful because of ridicule, ridicule that was condoned by government leadership. Already, it’s hard to find the glorious Christ in much of our irreverent materialistic celebration of Christmas.
Please, take heed! Let’s not follow the traditions of men when they are contrary to God.
The good news is that God favors nations that honor Him.
To God be all glory and honor,