The changes in our nation and world in my lifetime have been nothing short of extraordinary. I have neither the time, space, or desire to enumerate even a few of the changes since this is a devotional blog and not a book; however, if my grandparents and great-grandparents were able to drop in for an earthly visit, would they not consider our world to be in the midst of moral lunacy? For instance:
Are we so inane we need to debate the moral acceptability of presuming boys will use the boy’s locker room and girls the girl’s locker room? [By the way, Christian and private schools have been fighting this idiocy for years while your public schools have accommodated it!]
Has the presidency of the United States become some irrelevant that the authority and leadership of the most powerful office in the world is engaging in bathroom wars while the Middle East is burning and Russia and China are building their military?
While liberal lunatics assault North Carolina’s right to protect the privacy of the 99.7% who expect privacy when nature calls, Attorney General Loretta Lynch lectures us on “transgender civil rights”…Really?
And now a word from the Word: “Have ye not read, that He which made them at the beginning made them male and female, 5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?” (Matthew 19:4-5)
My friend, God, not man, defined the roles of the man and woman and entertaining the idea of transgenderism, like sodomy, trivializes the most basic, fundamental principle of nature: “God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them.” (Genesis 1:27)
The role of the “younger women” is the subject of today’s verses in Titus 2:4-5. Paul has exhorted Titus to instruct the “aged men” to be “sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience” (Titus 2:2) and the “aged women to “be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things” (Titus 2:3). The “aged women” were in turn to instruct the “younger women”.
Titus 2:4-5 – “That they [the aged women] may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.”
Most of my readers realize those verses, Titus 2:4-5, will send radical feminists into a frenzy of bitter attacks and vitriolic words. Why? Can we not embrace the different roles of husband and wife, father and mother, and accept those differences are essential for a well-balanced, nurturing home? No wonder society is overwhelmed by dysfunctional children, teens and young adults; denying the very premise of God’s creative order has left us not only aimless, but foolish.
Romans 1:22, 24, 26-27a – “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools…24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves… 26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men…”
We will consider in our next devotion eight qualities the “aged women” were to instruct the “younger women”. I will close with my amplification of Titus 2:4-5.
Titus 2:4-5 – That they [older women] may teach the young women to be sober [exercising sound judgment; prudent], to love [be affectionate for] their husbands, to love [affectionate for] their children, 5 To be discreet [soberminded], chaste [holy; pure from carnality; free from evil], keepers at [workers in the] home, good [honorable; pleasing to God], obedient [subordinate to; ranking under; submitting] to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed [reproached; discredited].
With the heart of a shepherd,
Copyright 2016 – Travis D. Smith