This is a continuation of Titus 1: The Cult of Paul.
Before we get into the text of Titus 2, we need to ask some fundamental questions—questions that will help us better assess the principles Paul is teaching in this letter. Our first question is this: whose choices are we responsible for in life? As Christian teachers, are we responsible for the choices you are making in your own walk with God? Are you responsible for the choices we’re making? Should we be trying to control you? Should you be trying to control us? The answer to all of these questions is no. And yet in Titus what we find is Paul expressing an intense desire to control how people behave, how they think, and what kind of impression they’re making on others. In the second chapter of this epistle, Paul is going to bombard Titus with instructions for how Titus should teach various groups of people to behave. And while there is certainly value in encouraging people to act maturely, Paul’s motivations are all wrong. He’s going to say that the reason he wants everyone to act a certain way and think a certain way is so no outside observers will have grounds for slandering the followers of Paul. Paul wants his people to look good to others. He wants his followers to work hard to make his teaching seem attractive. But is that really what we’re supposed to be focusing on in life? Are we supposed to get up in the morning and say, “How can I make Jesus look good to people today?” or “How can I give Christianity a good name?” Can’t Jesus take care of His own reputation? Of course He can. We’re not supposed to be going through life trying to promote a religion. We’re supposed to be living to please God. Continue reading