Protesting, passivity, pacifism, etc.: Passivity is Godly as long as it is done according to God’s Will, just as Jesus did (1 Peter 2:23). Sometimes action (or even inaction) thwarts the plan of God (Matthew 6:24). Remaining silent when being ridiculed or attacked may be good for that other person and will dislodge their power over you (unless your life is being threatened)(Matthew 5:39). Boldness should be given when the Will of God persists it, such as preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Ephesians 6:19; 2 Timothy 4:2).
Do not be passive about prayer (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Do not be passive about encouraging people (which means to encourage people when possible)(Hebrews 3:13). You must love one another (1 Peter 1:22). Do not be passive about fleeing from sin (Colossians 3:5; 1 Corinthians 6:8). You must actively make Disciples (Matthew 28:19-20). Be careful of protesting so that it may glorify God, for every idle word spoken, you must give an account about on judgment day (Matthew 12:36).
Ephesians 4:29 gives us instructions for speaking out for what we believe in and in our general communication with others, “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” Hold your tongue when possible, and only use it when you know it will help others (James 1:26), and ensure it is not done in unrighteous anger (Ephesians 4:26-27).
We use our tongue to bless God and others (James 3:9-10). Complaining is equated to grumbling in the Bible, which has to do with discontentment in life. Complaining is antithetical to joy, peace, and patience, which are part of the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). We are challenged as believers not to grumble or complain (Philippians 2:14-15; 1 Peter 4:9). If we do complain, it is good to give our troubles to God (and don’t complain about God)(Psalm 55:22; 1 Peter 5:7). In addition, it is good to confess our sins before God and seek His forgiveness (1 John 1:9).
Criticisms should be truthful and loving, even if they hurt, for the truth and love will be of God in the matter and be glorious unto Him (see Jesus’ work in Matthew 23). Our speech, once again, should edify, encourage, and build up one another (1 Thessalonians 5:11; Hebrews 10:24; Galatians 6:1). Speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15), do not quarrel, be kind, teach when necessary, be patient when wronged, and gently correct the opposing person (2 Timothy 2:24-25). In addition, follow all other advice on using love in our treatment to and of other people (1 Corinthians 13).
Foolishness results from the misuse of the intelligence God gifted the person. Signs of foolishness include: Denying God’s existence and/or saying no to God (Psalm 14:1), having a quick temper (Proverbs 14:16-17), speaking perversely (Proverb 19:1), and disobeying one’s parents (Proverb 15:5). Folly is sin (Proverb 24:9), and represents lawlessness (1 John 3:4). Fools reject God and Christ (1 Corinthians 1:18), while the wise exalt God and His Sacrificial Work in Christ (Matthew 7:24–27). Magicians, illusionists, astrologists, adherents to new age, etc. are participating in folly, and any supernatural power they have has come from the devil (2 Corinthians 11:13-15).
In participation of all other things: Make good use of your time (1 Corinthians 10:31), remain sober, both physically (not drunk with alcohol) and mentally/spiritually (focus is the be on Christ) (Ephesians 5:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:4–8), stay away from sin (1 Corinthians 6:18–20), do not let anything or anyone else be your master, just God/Christ Jesus is our Master (2 Peter 2:19; 1 Corinthians 6:12), and remember to exercise discernment in all things (1 Corinthians 10:23).
Most of the world problems and suffering are because of sin (Genesis 3:16–19; Psalm 107:34; Romans 8:22–23).