Pranks aren’t by nature unique to Christianity. That I’m aware of, there’s no recorded history of C.S. Lewis pantsing J.R.R. Tolkien. Pranks by themselves don’t really fit the formula of this site, but apologizing after? Serving penance for a church-related prank that went horribly wrong or even horribly right? That’s us through and through.
But the truth is, you don’t need this post today. You should file it away for the day after April Fool’s Day. If you’re going to pull some shenanigans or tomfoolery or perhaps even get in a donnybrook, this Sunday is your day. Live it up.
But after, when your youth minister or senior pastor or local reporter stumbles upon the prank you have perpetuated, when like Richard Marx you realize “you should have known better” than to fit that many bees into so small a sleeping bag, you’ll be glad this post so clearly laid out the categories of prank apologies, based on the terror level color coded system the United States used until last year: