Nothing wrong in trying to make fools see sense, but if they won't listen we shouldn't waste any more time on them. Jesus said- "Do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces" (Matt 7:6)
Yes He did say that. Here's the problem that a lot of people seem to forget...
That's not ALL
He said. He also said.. Directly before where you chose
to start quoting...
“Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. 3 And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? 5 Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
27 “But I say to YOU WHO HEAR: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you. 29 To him who strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also. And from him who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your tunic either. 30 Give to everyone who asks of you. And from him who takes away your goods do not ask them back. 31 And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise.
32 “But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to sinners to receive as much back.
35 But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. 36 THEREFORE BE MERCIFUL, JUST AS YOUR FATHER ALSO IS MERCIFUL.
37 “Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”
In rebuking the Pharisees He even still did it without condemnation:
7 Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying:
8 ‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth,
And honor Me with their lips,
But their heart is far from Me.
9 And in vain they worship Me,
Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ ”
10 When He had called the multitude to Himself, He said to them, “Hear and understand: 11 Not what goes into the mouth defiles a man; but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man.” 12 Then His disciples came and said to Him, “Do You know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?”
13 But He answered and said, “Every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted. 14 Let them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch.”
If you will notice... He told Peter, "Let them alone."
"Look down on them as you go"
"Tell the world what bad Christian's they are"
"Cross the street to avoid the "likes" of them."
"Do not love them anymore."
A tree is known by its fruit... Remember?
33 “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. 34 Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? FOR OUT OF THE ABUNDANCE OF THE HEART the mouth speaks. 35 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. 36 But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. 37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
Back to Proverbs:
Proverbs 18:4 The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters;
The wellspring of wisdom is a flowing brook.
Deep waters are hard to navigate sometimes. Especially to those who only know how to doggie paddle. But a flowing Brook... Now that is what brings refreshment to weary souls.
Provebs 18:15 The heart of the prudent acquires knowledge,
And the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
To acquire knowledge is to understand we don't know it all... and never will. And the ear of the wise listens for it above all else.
Proverbs 17:27, 28 He who has knowledge spares his words, And a man of understanding is of a calm spirit.
28 Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace; When he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive.
Anyone can pick and choose bits and pieces of Scriptures to pull out and build a belief around... It is after all how the "church" has gotten itself into its current position. The only way the truth can be seen is when the right pieces are put in place with the pieces they were meant to connect with. It's like a puzzle, and there's only one picture that can be made from the pieces we have been given.