“Be Good Men” (Titus 2: 2, HCSB) by Carley Evans

“Older men are to be level headed, worthy of respect, sensible, and sound in faith, love, and endurance.”

When I think of a “level headed” man, I think of a person of utter calm — one who, even in moments of genuine anger does not rant and rage. Certainly this type of man does not scream, does not hit. This calmness in the face of difficulties is what makes a man “worthy of respect.” How many fathers exasperate their children? How many fathers are irritational rather than “sensible?” How many boyfriends and husbands exasperate their women, showing them disrespect?

A good man is “sound in faith, love, and endurance.” Paul tells Titus to instruct “older men” to be good men.

Be good men! Set the example for your mothers, your sisters, your wives, your children, your girl friends.

“Obligations” (Romans 13: 6 – 7, HCSB) by Carley Evans

Paul commands us to “pay [our] obligations to everyone: taxes to those [we] owe taxes.” Paul is not an anarchist; he does not call for us to overthrow our government.

Look at the government Paul is commanding Christians of his day to obey — a corrupt system which nevertheless provides roads, schools, access to water and to medical care while simultaneously providing temples for the worship of false gods and arenas for horrific forms of entertainment.

Today is no different — we are to pay our taxes, vote our consciences, express our disagreements with respect. Paul commands, “Pay your obligations to everyone: respect to those you owe respect, and honor to those you owe honor.”