(Proverbs 12:23 KJV) A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness.
We all want to be considered “prudent” (6175), right? Maybe not. Too often we allow our understanding of a word to be molded by the whims of our culture instead of the intent of our savior. When we hear “prudent” we think “prude.” I was accused of being a prude this week. Was it because I buttoned the top button of my shirt, always wore long sleeves and got embarrassed talking to women? No, it was because I said I did not agree with homosexual marriage. Unknown to them my critics had stumbled on the true meaning of the word.
If you follow this word through Proverbs you find that it is usually juxtaposed with two other personality types: The fool and the naive. To be prudent means to be crafty, shrewd and sensible. It does not mean being withdrawn and afraid of expressing yourself.
So? Be a prude. Embrace the compliment. Our ways are not to be the ways of the rest of the world. Do something they would think is stupid today.