No Brawlers

Michael Beck

“Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, to speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.” (Titus 3:1,2)

Were the civil authorities in Paul’s day more worthy of obedience than those of today? Is that the reason behind Paul’s charge to Titus? No. The Roman empire was not a godly, just, benevolent regime. They were in fact the crucifiers of Jesus.

So many today advocate the very opposite of what Paul instructed Titus. Meekness, gentleness, and obedience are not part of the “marching orders” in this “brawling” branch of the “church.” Speaking evil of authorities is the order of the day. The “good work” many are being prepared for is to take up arms against any governmental entity deemed evil and oppressive.

This will not end well. Those who live by the sword will die by the sword. Better to suffer for righteousness sake than to suffer as evil-doers. The world will not be won to the cause of Christ by over-zealous “Christian patriots.” While we fight for our freedoms we will cause His name to be blasphemed.

I will fight the good fight of faith. But count me out of any evil fight brewing among the zealots of our day. I am a disciple of Jesus – first, last, and always. I will follow Him to the cross. That takes more courage than brawling with flesh and blood.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.