Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.
~ Proverbs 26:4
The British government had a brilliant idea for determining the name of its new polar research vessel. They decided to poll the internet for suggestions. To their surprise the name “Boaty McBoatface” was by far the most popular name suggested. Needless to say the British government will not be naming their new, multi-million dollar research vessel “Boaty McBoatface.” Science Minister, Jo Johnson, said there were more “suitable names.” The new research vessel will be named “RRS Sir David Attenborough.” If you think I am making this up, here is the LINK.
There really was no serious discussion as why they were going to discard the populous suggestion. Any serious discussion would have been ridiculous, foolishness, and a waste of time.
The world is full of foolish people with silly arguments. I know this and you know this and we all know that any attempt at a serious discussion with a fool or someone blatantly pig headed is a waste of time. So why is it so difficult at times to bite our lip and not get caught up in arguing with stupid?
I don’t know about you, but I have found myself on Facebook and someone leaves a stupid comment and then all the witty retorts start come streaming into my mind. I know, that I should just let it go. I know, I should not get caught up in it. But there have been times I have given into temptation and got caught up in a pointless argument.
Maybe you can’t relate to my “Facebook” example, it is a bit of a generational thing, but I think we can all think of a time when we would have just been better off keeping our mouth shut. Everything that we had to say may be correct and solid, but what does it accomplish if it is just going to insight the other person to greater foolishness? By entering into the argument we are entering into their foolishness.
The Bible tells us again and again that we should avoid getting ensnared arguments. Paul tells Timothy the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome (2 Timothy 2:24). Jesus advised his disciples not to give sacred things to dogs or toss pearls to pigs. Your “pearls” will be trampled and the wild dogs bite (Matthew 7:6). Your words will be disregarded and you will be mocked.
Jesus also promises that the meek will inherit the earth (Matthew 5:5). Meekness is really the quality we are trying to cultivate here. Meekness is the ability to act, but the wisdom to know when not to. The ability to walk in meekness comes down to faith. We need to learn how to pray about a matter and let God handle it. God can do what we can’t.He can actually change the hard-hearted and open the eyes of the blind. He can do more than we could ever hope to.
God Bless You,