(Proverbs 7:7 KJV) And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding,
I think we all have times when we feel like we are part of the crowd of the “simple” (naive NASB) (6612a). If we have never felt it then that might be an indication that we are still there. What made this young man naive was not a lack of knowledge or understanding of moral truth. Even the most depraved will understand that certain things are not generally accepted even if they refuse to follow the standard.
I think that part of being naive is that we think we are slick when we are really bumbling. We think no one is watching us make a fool of ourselves. We don’t believe anyone knows we are breaking the rules. One of the quotes attributed to Lincoln is “You can fool all of the people some of the time and some of the people all of the time...” Maybe, but you can fool God none of the time.
So? Don’t settle for naive, go for disciple. God is watching. Don’t make him wince. God does not like to wince.