I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil.
Ignorant, oblivious, and naïve are not words usually esteemed.
However, in this case they speak of the truly blessed! Paul commences this great epistle with a clear instruction to the saints: Be simple. In other words: be ignorant, be grossly unaware, unrefined, and uncultured – concerning the evil of this world. Is that sometimes embarrassing? You bet it is.
We never want to look stupid. But I believe true saints often do. The world is amazed that you aren’t up on this or into that. But there’s a blessing in keeping your innocence. Guard it, keep it, love it — It’s saving your life. Don’t let your garments be soiled. Some knowledge will only desecrate and drive you from the garden. Knowledge is burden, and in this case ignorance is truly bliss!
But Paul also instructs us: Be wise! Be a person marked with deep and profound understanding regarding that which is GOOD. Have keen discernment. Be a sage when it comes to the Kingdom of God! Be as “the children of Issachar that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do.” 1 Chronicles 12:32
What benefit is found in this simple and clear instruction! It’s God’s picture of a healthy saint.
So we must choose the paths we will master and the roads we will ignore. Some will applaud our proficiency; others may mock our stupidity. But, we have to know who we are and be okay with it. We’re the redeemed – who are deeply wise and yet grossly unaware.
“Innocence is like polished armor; it adorns and defends.” Robert South