Titus 2:1-8, 11-14
Titus makes a good point, we should be living our lives consistent with sound doctrine. Those who have gone through life should be able to guide those who are just beginning with theirs.
Have we lived our life with sound doctrine behind us? Did we follow it? Or do we go around telling dirty jokes. Or bed hopping just because the raging hormones in our bodies speak louder than our consciences. Do we go around lying, cheating, stealing? If we have, then we are not living sound doctrine and that places us in the way of being poor teachers of life. As we have children and live this way, we end up teaching them this too.
Is this what we truly want for our children, to bed hop, get diseases that have no cure, and die. Do we teach our children to speak in a way that is suggestive. Parents are the teachers of their children, their behaviors are a result of their upbringing. When a child is brought up with sound doctrine from a parent who has taken the time and faith to teach them, they have been given a good way of life. A life that is pleasing to God. And to think that Titus had said "that cannot be criticized, so that the opponent will be put to shame without anything bad to say about us."
It's too bad that there are so many that are criticized all because they did not have good teachers behind them; teaching them sound doctrine from those who have a solid foundation in faith. Unfortunately it seems as if our world is going in the direction of lost sound doctrine rather than being taught by parents with good morals behind them. Parents reclaim your faith, teach your children the values of life according to God. You just might change the world.