(Proverbs 26:5 KJV) Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.
Does this give us permission to use sarcasm? The problem with that statement is that it is a criticism of sarcasm. Then again, maybe it is an acknowledgment that some people deserve sarcasm. It is really sad when someone does not recognize humor that is clear to others.
This flies in the face of the modern concept of respect for diversity. Diversity can be a plus. A special forces team wants to have a lot of diversity in the skill sets of it’s members. If you have a football team, everyone can’t be the quarterback. When you have a team of committed people they need to be diverse to cover all the needed niches. Variety is not always a great thing. If you have a .22 long rifle pistol it really doesn’t do you any good to have 223, 45 S&W, 45 Long Colt and .357 Magnum. Diversity is just a lot of weight to carry. Fools fit in that category. They are just a lot of weight to carry.
So? We need to learn to not compliment fools or encourage them in what they are doing or saying. It doesn’t matter if they are in the pulpit, the lectern or the press conference. God has given us access to truth and the potential of wisdom. Don’t water it down with sensitivity.