Should Christians Observe April Fool’s Day?
by Joanne Troppello
Have you observed April Fool’s Day? If you’re a Christian, do you think it’s okay for you to observe this day?
My Journey as a Christian
I grew up in a Christian home and got saved at a young age. I’ve been saved for 32 years. My mom was born in Holland and came to America with her family when she was 13. My family attended several churches while I lived at home. First a Dutch Reformed, then a Baptist church, non-denominational, and then an Assembly of God church. Currently, my husband and I attend an Assembly of God church as well.
I never knew the origin of April’s Fools Day, but I have been the butt of jokes and hoaxes and have participated in trying to fool people on this day—during my younger years. My brothers loved this day and always tried to prank us all.
I don’t currently observe April Fool’s Day. We did when I was younger. However, when we attended the Dutch Reformed church, they were not very strict and didn’t closely adhere to the principles found in God’s Word.
After we grew in the Lord, my family started attending the Baptist church and then the Assembly of God church as we continued to understand that ALL of God’s Word was meant for us to experience—even speaking in tongues and healing.
A lot of things changed in our lives. When we were kids, my parents had no problem with us celebrating Halloween. The Dutch Reformed church we attended even hosted a haunted house for the members and the community. It wasn’t until years later that I realized how wrong that was for the church to do that.
As a young adult and then after I got married when I was 30, I started to self-reflect and then had discussions with my husband. He grew up in a very strict Italian family and they didn’t not celebrate Halloween, birthdays, Easter (consumerism with the Easter bunny), and Christmas (with all the gifts). We compromised on still celebrating birthdays, because my family did. However, my husband and I agree that we won’t be observing Halloween when we have children.
History of April Fool’s Day
According to History.com, “Historians speculate that April Fool’s Day, also known as All Fool’s Day, dates back to 1582 when France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar, as called for by the Council of Trent in 1563.
Apparently, some people either did not receive the news that the new year was moved to January 1st—or they simply didn’t recognize the change—and “continued to celebrate it during the last week of March through April 1. These people became the butt of jokes and hoaxes.”
Should Christians Observe This Day
According to a recent article in UG Christian News, “Even though the Bible does not contain any direct command against observing April Fool’s Day, one can examine certain Biblical principles to know what God says.”
The author of this article further explains, “Even though the roots of April Fool’s Day may not be known precisely, the evidence strongly indicates that it is of pagan origin and that it was even celebrated as part of pagan worship services.”
Proverbs 1:5-7 tells us that “A wise man will hear and increase learning, and a man of understanding will attain wise counsel, to understand a proverb and an enigma, the words of the wise and their riddles. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (NKJV)
Dishonesty – The Bible tells us that dishonesty is wrong. In Colossians 3:9-10 we read, “Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deed, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him.”
Imitate Christ – As Christians, we should trust the guidance of God and the empowering of the Holy Spirit to imitate Christ. We read in I Corinthians 11:1 to “Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.”
Not of the World – We should live our lives as a witness to bring people to the Gospel message and receive salvation. Romans 12:2 tells us, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
I know that some people may think this is not a big deal. I thought the same thing years ago. However, as I’ve grown in my relationship with the Lord, things that mattered to me in the past don’t matter anymore. I don’t mind ignoring this holiday and honoring the Lord instead.
Consider maybe encouraging others today instead of playing a practical joke or prank on them. Who knows…that encouragement can be an open door to sharing your witness for Christ.
About the Author
Joanne Troppello is a published author of 3 inspirational fiction novels and the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Mustard Seed Sentinel. She has experience as a freelance writer in topics such as marketing, retail marketing, health and wellness, SEO and social media, travel and lifestyle, website content, recommendations for apps, and content for blogs. Visit her Amazon Author Page for more information regarding her books. Connect on Twitter. Read more about Mustard Seed Sentinel here.