Arguing with a fool only proves there are two.
Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.
Unity - we must have it. The word does not mean uniformity yet it does imply boundaries - or at least an ideal target - and therefore, there must be some healthy way to disagree in a way that maintains and even promotes unity. David Rudd takes a stab at some:
1. Be Gentle, not harsh.
2. Listen well before you formulate your answer.
3. Weigh your answer, don’t immediately gush.
4. Give answers that reflect Scripture.
5. Don’t endlessly debate with a fool.
These guidelines came as the result of studying this topic in Proverbs. Below are some of the verses that helped inform these thoughts:
Proverbs 1:28 - “Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me.
Proverbs 15:1 - A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Proverbs 15:28 - The heart of the righteous weighs its answers, but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil.
Proverbs 18:13 - He who answers before listening— that is his folly and his shame.
Proverbs 18:23 - A poor man pleads for mercy, but a rich man answers harshly.
Proverbs 21:13 - If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and not be answered.
Proverbs 22:21 - teaching you true and reliable words, so that you can give sound answers to him who sent you?
Proverbs 24:26 - An honest answer is like a kiss on the lips.
Proverbs 26:4 - Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you will be like him yourself.
Proverbs 26:5 - Answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes.
Proverbs 26:16 - The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who answer discreetly.
Proverbs 27:11 - Be wise, my son, and bring joy to my heart; then I can answer anyone who treats me with contempt.