Jun 30

“Nothing Evil to Say”

2009 at 4:26 pm   |   by Nicole Whitacre Filed under Biblical Womanhood

This week we want to wrap up our series answering the question: “why do we blog on biblical womanhood?” In Feminine Appeal Mom explains why the virtues of a godly woman in Titus 2—and all qualities of biblical womanhood—are so important:

“The commands found in Titus 2 have been given to us for an all-important reason that transcends time and culture. That reason is the gospel of Jesus Christ. These virtues are not about our personal fulfillment or individual preference. They are required for the sake of unbelievers—so that those who are lost might come to know our Savior.

This purpose is stated in verses 5, 8, and 10. We are to love our husbands and children, pursue self-control and purity, be workers at home, kind and submissive:

that the word of God may not be reviled. (v. 5)

so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us. (v. 8)

so that in everything [we] may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior. (v. 10)

Our conduct has a direct influence on how people think about the gospel. The world doesn’t judge us by our theology; the world judges us by our behavior. People don’t necessarily want to know what we believe about the Bible. They want to see if what we believe makes a difference in our lives. Our actions either bring honor to God or misrepresent His truth.

I recall my sadness when I heard of a high-profile Christian woman who left her husband for another man. My heart ached when I thought of the pain that this caused her family. But the effect of her sin didn’t end there. When she broke God’s command and committed adultery, her behavior reviled God’s Word—before every person she knew and more she didn’t know. Even the mainstream media snickered at the hypocrisy they perceived in her life. Her sinful conduct gave opponents of the gospel the chance to speak evil about Christians.

Although our daily actions might not be covered on the evening news, our lifestyle speaks loudly to those around us. How sobering it is to realize that our behavior has the potential to discredit the gospel.

That’s why biblical womanhood. It’s for the sake of the gospel.