So today is April 1st, commonly referred to April Fool’s Day where it is acceptable, and expected, to pull pranks, gags, jokes, etc., on others.
I honestly struggle with this as I do Halloween, Christmas and Easter traditions.
Is it okay for a person who proclaims Christ to participate in April Fool pranks? There are several verses that talk about let your yea be yea, what a fool is, and living with integrity. There are also verses about having a merry heart, laughter is good, etc., but at the “expense” of another?
My struggle is because for 364 days of the year I am teaching Truth, and then one day out of the year, it is deemed okay to deceive another with a prank. We tell others to live like, and for, Jesus and then we intentionally “get them” with a gag on this one day. Now, I realize that not all pranks involve deceit and so it probably comes down to the type of prank, gag, etc.; but I still struggle.
So I am open to a honest discussion of April Fool’s Day. Do you “participate”? What are your thoughts about it? Do you have scripture to support your position?