Here we have two proverbs that totally contradict each other, yet both are wise. What it really comes down to is that there are some confrontations that aren't worth having. I am reminded of a commercial where the frazzled mother calmly states, "You have to choose your battles."
It is foolish to think we can convince fools to choose wisely, but if we do not challenge them on some level, it will seem, to the foolish, that we have approved of their foolishness, thus giving them validation.
To quote the popular comedian Ron White, "You can't fix stupid."
The book of Proverbs speaks much about laziness. Terms like "sluggard" paint a picture of extreme laziness. It may be one of the plagues of our generation. With all of the business thrust upon us, there is a certain attraction to, or even lust for time to do nothing at all. There is an abundance of commentary on the subject, which should not surprise us. With so much to choose from, I could have easily included an entire page of videos on laziness, but I finally selected one rather sarcastic and edgy video, that drives the point home.
The truth is easily hidden by those who have learned to tell a convincing tale. In politics it is called "spin" and among theives and scam artists we call it a con game. It is not a game at all, but these are the "socially responsible" and "politically correct" terms for lies, lest we offend the liars.
As a society, we have grown to expect, and accept, being lied to by those who hold positions of power and authority. We tolerate them straddleing the fence between their lies and the truth. I wonder when and how our complacency replaced the high ideals of America's founding fathers.
Revelation 3:15-16 shows clearly what the perspective of the triune God is. To the church at Laodicea, John is instructed to send this message. " I know your [record of] works and what you are doing; you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of My mouth!"
The truth is not something to be danced around, nor are grave errors in judgement and personal power agendas to be rationalized and made more palatable to the public. The truth should be demanded and leadership should be held accountable for their actions. I fear that the beauty of America has become only skin deep, and their is much ugliness and corruption at her core.
I pray that wisdom will prevail, and in the words of Abraham Lincoln, "that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."