This morning I happened to be reading through Paul’s New Testament letter to Titus. Oddly, it was the very first verse that grabbed my attention. “Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth, which accords with godliness…”
Let me unpack that a bit for you. Paul was called by God “for the sake of the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth.” Paul was not given to himself. He was called to help God’s people. Based on this verse we could say that Paul’s two main responsibilities were to bolster their faith and strengthen their knowledge of the truth. Unquestionably, those are major issues for Christian leaders.
But then there is that next phrase, “which accords with godliness…” If you notice, that phrase follows immediately after the word “truth.” So what is it that accords with godliness? Truth.
In other words, if you want to live a more godly life, then you need to more fully grasp the truth of God. Allow the truth of His Word to permeate you. It will cause you to become a more godly person.
For leaders, helping people to have a “knowledge of the truth, which accords with godliness” means that we must not hold back the full counsel of God. Controversial issues don’t get a free pass. We dare not – just to keep everyone happy – ignore topics that might be seen as contentious.
Why? Because helping God’s people to grasp the full truth will help them to become more godly. And that’s part of the responsibility of leaders.
And let me add one final thought. This will become more difficult in a culture that has an anti-godly bias. Issues that are clear in the Bible will be mocked and ridiculed by society. That simply means that the job of true Christian leaders will become more difficult, but also more necessary.