This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you - if anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination. For an overseer, as God’s steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.Last week we covered one (apologetic) aspect of this passage, but that's not hardly the most important part of the underlined statement by Paul to Titus.
We covered already the fact that Paul sent Titus to "set things in order", but there's an important attribute of setting things in order which we might overlook here: the means by which Titus must set things in order.
Titus wasn't sent to Crete, in spite of its shortcomings, to lord over it. He wasn't sent with a whip to clear out the household of God and start over. In order to set things in order, Paul tells Titus to establish elders.
And our knee-jerk reaction to such a thing is this: that'll learn 'em. That'll give church discipline to the ungodly: if they had decent elders enforcing the rules, things would be better.
So Titus' job -- your job, dear pastor reader -- is not just to get you some boys he can send out to the trouble makers so that they can explain it to them. It is to make churches whose objective is to raise up elders. Your church ought to be a place where men like the ones Paul describes here to Titus are made.
That's a tall order. But that's God's order.