April 1 is an internationally recognized and celebrated day when people play practical jokes and hoaxes on each other called April fools. Even though half this day brings lots of fun and humor, it has caused some havoc:
It has led to broken marriages/relationships
It has caused heart attacks
It ha caused death
It has caused motor accidents
It has led to loss of jobs
It has caused quarrels
It is a day you can practically lie in the name of a joke or playing pranks. Its effects show that there could be some jokes or pranks that are too far expensive. And some plays the prank with no intention of revealing the intention. The receiver is left hanging believing “a lie”.
Can “April Fool” constitute a sin?
On a general understanding and acceptance of the day – NO
However, if the intention goes beyond a practical joke or prank with wicked intentions, then it is a SIN. Meaning that, apart from making someone look silly for a short period of time – if it involves causing harms or hurting someone, or destroying something or just fooling someone with no intention of bringing the fooled into the reality of the jokes or pranks, then it may be a Sin.
Note also that a person playing a joke after midday is him/herself the “fool”.
As we begin the Month of April – remember that
it is the Fool who says in his heart, there is no God (Ps 14:1)
A fool has no delight in understanding (Prov 18:2)
A fool utters all his mind (Prov 29:11)
Anger rests in the bosom of fools (Eccl 7:9)
“Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil (Prov 3:7). For the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere” (James 3:17)
HAPPY NEW MONTH
Courtesy of Fr Joyzy Pius Egunjobi