In a world and culture that celebrates notoriety, rebellion and idolatry, do we even know what it means to be reverent? Actually, now that I think about it, I think we Americans revere lots of things: Apple products, celebrities (even minor ones), and politics.
I was meditating on this verse: For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope - the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. Titus 2:11-14
I was thinking about what it means to be self-controlled, and then I noticed the sub-heading in my Bible which is entitled: "Right living in the church." Paul is telling Titus what should be taught to the various age groups of the church. Here's the passage that caught my eye:
Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God. Titus 2:3-5
I had to look up the word reverent in the dictionary to see if it meant what I thought it meant. It didn't. Then I looked it up in the Biblical Greek and it's even richer there.
In short, it means "a most holy thing, a saint."
Why should older women in church be taught to be saints? So they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be pure, etc. Busy at home actually means, to be a keeper of the home - a guard, if you will. And further why? So that no one will malign the word of God.
The church today, with it's focus on community outreach, team leadership and filling slots on Sunday is missing out on a critical opportunity to change the world for the future generations.
The full passage starts with older men, then goes to older women, then young men and then to slaves.
Let me ask this question: If no one's bothering to teach the older women, what happens to the younger ones?