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Titus 2:6-8 "Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded. In all things showing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you."
OK young men, it is our turn to crawl under the spotlight of Titus Chapter 2. Remember, if dirt shows up, don't blame the light. The dirt was there all the time. The Light only allows you to see it.
Young men are to be sober minded. The thought of sober-mindedness draws thoughts of a battlefield to my mind. No sane man is silly during war. He is alert, cautious, watching for the enemy. He does not let his mind wander to frivolous leisure activities. Likewise the Christian young man must beware of the enemy of his soul, and that of his family.
We young men are to show a pattern of good works. Our children do not need role models from Pro Sports, or Hollywood. They just need dads who are full of good works. I recently visited one of the local Juvenile Justice facilities. I was stirred by what I saw-Little boys already on track to destroying their lives. These boys don't need to be in jail, they just need a dad. Dads, take time now to influence your children. Never has a man on his death-bed said "I wish I had spent more hours at the office", but many have regretted missing the moments when they should have been showing a "pattern of good works" to their sons.
Young men are also tagged with the responsibility of being doctrinally pure. We should not fall for doctrinal fads such as the modern day Charismatic movement, or so called "seeker sensitive Mega Church" movement. These money motivated movements cast off splinters of error which have no historical basis in the Church. They will pass just as quickly as they came. More new religious fads will arise in their places. We young men should not be duped by these "new comers". Take a stand young man. Rise up and demand doctrinal purity.
The word "Sincerity" admonishes us to be free from hypocrisy. Nothing can be more damaging for a family than a father who acts one way in front of the church people, and another way at home. It is insincere. It is false. It teaches the children how to be false to authority.
Sound speech is solid speech. It is firm, whole, not broken or decayed in any way. The tongue is a small member of the body but it has great power. Oh how we need to use our speech to build up our wives and children as well as fellow Christians. We must never stoop to repeat off-colored remarks.
By following these Holy Spirit inspired guidelines we will shut the mouths of our enemies.
By Dave Thompson 3/1/01