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.OK -- after a coupla weeks speaking my mind about apologetics, in God's providence, I got sucked back into the world of CARM and I will regret it, I promise you. But that said, rather than spin out something pithy about the theologically-undead which inhabit the message boards and troll the interwebs looking to literally eat your brains out, let's get back to what Paul was talking about here.
See: so far in this series I have been on about what Paul wants the men he is instructing here to be -- but a final critical issue in this phrase (yes: next week we move the underline) is that Paul did want these guys there.
You know: there is a perpetual merciless beating against pastors on the internet -- and I admit that some of them need it. But one of the things, dear pastor reader, that you must take to heart is that God really did intend that the local church have local pastors. That is, pastors and not vigilante theological or political brawlers. Or, if I may say it without stepping on too many toes, a face on a jumbotron. Men who are, well, like the next part of this passage who are frankly charged with the well-being of Christ's people for the sake of teaching them who Christ is, who He has made them, and what that means in their daily life.
Paul wanted Titus to establish elders. That was the plan. God says it's a good idea, and you should agree with him.