Titus 2:6-8 (NIV)
6 Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. 7 In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness 8 and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.

Here we find the apostle giving Titus charge as to how he should direct younger men to behave. Proper examples should be set by older leaders for the younger men to follow. It is hard for someone to oppose those who are living righteously. They become examples that are unashamed.

A church was ordered to pay 11 million dollars in damages to the family of a soldier killed in battle. The church had sent protesters to stand outside the funeral of the fallen soldier, a young man, a father’s son, someone who believed in protecting our country in order to shout words of hate. Their belief is those who die have been judged for their sin. They shout harsh words and wave anti-gay banners saying God is judging American’s for its sins. This behavior has been going on for years by the 75 member congregation as they use funerals of soldiers as a platform to criticize homosexuals as immoral and damned. While God may be judging those in America for their sins, people should be encouragers to those who need direction in their lives. Proverbs 10:12 says, “Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers all transgressions.” There need to be men who are willing to reach out to other men and show them masculinity in a loving manner. There needs to be leaders who stand firm on God’s word, but can be good examples to others. Instead of hate, reach out to those who are different and love them as Christ would love you.