Do not answer fools according to their folly,
or you will be a fool yourself.
Answer fools according to their folly,
or they will be wise in their own eyes. (Proverbs 26:4-5)
This is one of my favorite passages of Scripture, and one that I wrestle with frequently. How important is the issue at hand? Just how far off is the person I'm addressing? Just how certain am I of my position (okay, well, that isn't an issue all that often)? Sometimes I wonder if I don't need in more cases not to answer the fools.
But if we all did that, whatever would happen to the blogosphere?