Arguing with a Fool (Proverbs 29:9)

Proverbs 29:9


If a wise man has an argument with a fool,

the fool only rages and laughs, and there is no quiet.


            Would you agree with me that the art of civil debate has been lost in our society? It certainly seems that way. Just turn on one of those TV news programs where they maintain they will give both sides of a discussion on an issue, and what do you see? You see yelling, name-calling, interrupting, and cheap sarcasm.


            Of course, the Bible has seen these tendencies in the nature of fools for thousands of years. The more foolish you are, the more likely you are to yell, scoff, make fun, and fail to listen in a discussion. Wise people listen, are polite, and treat others with respect.


            How are you when you get into a debate or discussion? Are you polite? Can you let the other person finish a point? Must you get in little sarcastic jabs, or can you be kind? Be careful, your style of arguing says as much about you as the argument you are trying to put forward.