Should we hold out pastors and spiritual leaders to a higher standard? After all, they are just humans.
Paul gives a clear answer: YES.
One of the main reasons Paul left Titus on Crete was to appoint elders, leaders for the church’s in each town. These leaders are to have lives of integrity BEFORE they are chosen; this is a list of qualifications, not a job description.
Titus had been Paul’s companion for some time. He is mentioned in Galatians, one of Paul’s earliest letters, and he also helped Paul in Corinth. Paul trained and loved his young proteges, he held them to a higher standard and expected them to work and suffer for Jesus. This is how Titus is to pick and invest in leaders.
We should hold our leaders to a higher standard, and respect them and follow them. We should pray for them constantly. We should all work to live blameless lives with Christ.
1This letter is from Paul, a slave of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ. I have been sent to proclaim faith to those God has chosen and to teach them to know the truth that shows them how to live godly lives. 2This truth gives them confidence that they have eternal life, which God—who does not lie—promised them before the world began. 3And now at just the right time he has revealed this message, which we announce to everyone. It is by the command of God our Savior that I have been entrusted with this work for him.
4I am writing to Titus, my true son in the faith that we share.
May God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior give you grace and peace.
Titus’s Work in Crete
5I left you on the island of Crete so you could complete our work there and appoint elders in each town as I instructed you. 6An elder must live a blameless life. He must be faithful to his wife,b and his children must be believers who don’t have a reputation for being wild or rebellious. 7An elderc is a manager of God’s household, so he must live a blameless life. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered; he must not be a heavy drinker,d violent, or dishonest with money.