As you probably know, Monday was April 1st. If you didn’t remember that it was April Fool’s Day, then you were most likely reminded of that fact by the end of it. I typically try to avoid reading a whole lot on email or social media because I know that a lot of it isn’t true and I really don’t like looking like a fool. A couple of years ago, however, a BMW dealership in New Zealand posted an ad entitled "April Fool's Day special" on the front page of the newspaper saying that they had a brand new car waiting for the first person to bring that add into the dealership on April 1st. The directions included bringing their old car in as a trade and asking for an employee named Tom. Most people thought it was a joke and wanted to avoid looking foolish, but Tianna Marsh decided that the chance of trading her old Nissan in for a brand new BMW was worth looking a little foolish over. She showed up with her car, the ad, and a request to see Tom at 5:30 on the morning of April 1, 2015, and was awarded a brand new car worth $37,000 with a license plate which read NOF00L.
You know, the Bible talks a lot about fools. Solomon especially gives quite a few descriptions of how fools act in Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. They include things like committing adultery, making fun of guilt, being reckless, slandering others, despising wisdom and discipline, and despising a parent’s discipline. Yet how many of these things are tolerated or even celebrated in our culture today? In fact, it’s considered foolishness not to do those things and to search for God and have a relationship with Him. Paul, in his letter to the Corinthians, said, “But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise” (1 Corinthians 1:27). Even though some who claim to be wise think that God and religion are simply a crutch for weak minds, God has chosen that those “foolish” things would put the worldly wise to shame. Following Christ may be considered foolish by some, but, just like Tianna discovered, sometimes those who look foolish are really the ones who are wise.