Sound Doctrine! Seriously?
You’ve gotta love Titus! Lots of Christians, however, see the exhortation of this leader as a screeching halt to the things that define their daily life style and overall approach to life.
“Teach what is consistent with sound doctrine” (Titus 2:1 NRSV).
Sound doctrine? That doesn’t sound like fun…..
Part of the sound doctrine that Titus wants spread through the church is for men:
“be temperate, serious, prudent, and sound in faith, in love, and in endurance” (Titus 2:2).
In other words, men, don’t blow your tops, don’t model yourself after a circus clown, and don’t approach practical matters with the lackadaisical attitude of a teenage-boy adorned with a backward baseball hat and droopy drawers. Bottom line, grow up.
So what characterizes a real man? He is sound in faith. He honors God by living a godly life and being an effective spiritual leader. His love doesn’t just scratch the surface of each relationship, it runs deep. He is a good example to his children without frustrating them; his wife is his beloved, not just someone to cook meals and do laundry. In everything, good or bad, he stands like a mighty oak sheltering those around him with majestic of branches love, faith, and hope.
Now, before us women get too giddy about all the things a man must do, Titus has plenty to say to us:
“tell the older women to be reverent in behavior, not to be slanderers or slaves to drink” (Titus 2:3).
In plain language, ladies, long gone should be our crazy “daze” of outrageous behavior with our girlfriends, gossip-fests at the expense of those we giggle at in judgment, and drinking to the point of inebriation in the pursuit of a good time. Bottom line, our heritage is as daughters of the King, not a gaggle of good-time girls!
How do we honor that legacy bought with Christ’s blood?
“encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be self-controlled, chaste, good managers of the household, kind, being submissive to their husbands” (Titus 2:4-5).
We seek God’s good in order to pass it on to the young women coming up behind us. They need to see what it looks like to properly love their husbands and children.
Are you an equal opportunity gal? Then you’ll love Titus’ call for us to be self-controlled just like the men. And, being the domestic goddess we are called to be is often an exercise in self-control lest we explode all over our families! And what about the submission thing? That doesn’t sound very equal, but stay with me. This type of submission is not a call for women to play doormat to an abusive, ungodly husband, but rather to model the blueprint of Christ as the bride groom and head of the church (Ephesians 5:22-33). When a husband lives a godly life, it is easy for a godly wife to submit to his authority.
Life will be great and, yes, believe it or not, can still be fun when we apply sound doctrine.
Word for Today: Men and women . . . sound doctrine? Seriously, try it!