Over the past few days, I’ve been thinking about the passage in Titus regarding women teaching other women. I’d like to do an in-depth study on this passage at some point in the near future, as I believe it pertains to what I try to do through this blog. When I looked at these verses and a few commentaries on them, it became all too evident that I just wouldn’t be able to deal with them in a single blog post.
If you look carefully at this passage, and then apply it to my role as a blogger, you’ll notice that it has some interesting implications and that it raises a question or two.
3 Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, 4 and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, 5 to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled. ~~Titus 2:3-5 (ESV)
To begin with, verse 3 challenges my character and deportment. Obviously, many of my readers, even those I chat with on Facebook, Twitter and Google+, have never met me face-to-face. How do such readers really know that my behavior is reverent? How can readers in India and New Zealand successfully vet me?
In pondering that question, I thought about Facebook feeds of various acquaintances of mine. Some of these people do great jobs on Sundays of portraying themselves as mature believers, but if I examine their posts over an extended period of time, I start to see their character and values. They may occasionally post a meme, picture or comment that bucks the overall trend of their posts (just as I do), but for the most part a person can’t sustain an online persona that differs from her true character.
For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. ~~Matthew 12:34b (ESV)
Since I’ve been posting almost daily in this blog for nearly a year now, I believe readers can judge me fairly accurately. Even those who bitterly hate what I say can determine whether or not my convictions are genuine. Do I present those convictions in a godly manner, fearing to dishonor the Lord by my words and tones? Read a number of my posts and evaluate them against the Word of God. If you read enough of my writing, I believe you’ll know how reverently I behave.
Secondly, verses 4-6 confront us with the crucial question of exactly what I (as an older woman) should be teaching through this blog. As you can see, the bulk of the Titus 2 passage talks about teaching younger women to be good wives, mothers and homemakers. But verse 3 says that we begin by teaching “what is good.” Can that phrase include teaching sound doctrine?
I appreciate male pastors. I’d never consider attending a church that had women in leadership positions of pastor, elders or teacher of mixed classes. Yet most male pastors don’t really understand how susceptible women are to spiritual deception. They don’t realize that we need someone to name specific names and explain why these people shouldn’t be followed. Therefore, older women can help younger women discern false teachers and harmful evangelical trends. Women, being vulnerable, very much need instruction on these matters, and that instruction isn’t coming from most pulpits.
Does Titus 2:3 give room for Christian women to teach the Bible to other women? I think so, and I’ve been operating under that assumption for a while. But I feel convicted that I should study this passage more carefully to make sure that my assumptions line up with the Word of God. This blog must not compromise Scripture, even in teaching Scripture.
P.S. I’m taking tomorrow off to enjoy Boston. See you Wednesday.