The Proverbs talk about the foolishness of “simplicity.” Paul talks about its wisdom.
2 different kinds of simplicity are in view. The wisdom of the Psalms and Proverbs warn about the danger of being naïve, gullible, and unaware of danger lurking behind the false claims of deceitful or misguided people (Psalm 119:30; Prov 14:15). Paul encourages the kind of “simplicity” that is found in honest minds that are not confused or complicated by pretense, hypocrisy, and hidden motives (2Cor 1:12). He goes on to show that this is the kind of mental focus, honesty, and generosity of heart that is found in Christ (2Cor 11:3 KJV).
So what if we make it our goal to avoid the wrong kind of “simple-mindedness” by testing the claims of both “the right” and “the left”? What if we acknowledge that both “liberals” and “conservatives”, both labor and management, both church and state, are inclined to “spin” their words to avoid the kind of “simplicity” that is too honest to parade as being above question… or beyond accountability?