Your job is to speak out on the things that make for solid doctrine. (The Message)
Respectability - the state or quality of being accepted as valid or important within a particular field.
About 5 weeks ago I was listening to a podcast from a Pastor that said the following "The emerging church today needs to understand the basics of Christian Respectability in regard to today's society."
Hmmmm, what exactly is "respectability?" According to the thesaurus the word could be interchangeable with; decency, honesty, reputable, and honorable.
With that in mind now look at Titus 2:1-8. Paul takes a turn in his letter to Titus. Up to this point he has communicated the desired qualifications of a pastor, elder or overseer of the church. At the beginning of chapter 2 the focus is on the individuals that make up the church. The older men, older women, younger men and younger women.
The expectation is for each one, within their household/community (OIKOS, remember that word) to display a level of respectability by being; level headed, pure, sound in speech, self-controlled and kind. In the fulfilling of these thing the individual would then be sound in doctrine, solid in their relationship with The Lord, and display "respectability" within their household/community (OIKOS)
Respectability is the requested goal in Titus 2 to restore stability in the Crete due to the concern of the false teaching listed in Titus 1:10-16. To restore a public image that enhances the gospel and the mission of this emerging church.
One Sunday all of us will be challenged with the one question "What is my role in sharing the Gospel?"