Too Goodie Two Shoes

Sat, 01/14/2017 - 3:48pm

The story popularized the phrase "goody two-shoes", often used to describe an excessively virtuous person, a do-gooder (

It's always grieved by heart when I'm with Christian brothers and hear words and ideas come out of their mouths that are, I would say, off-color. 

I was mildly rebuked once for expressing this sediment in company of 2 men who I have a lot of respect for, one who I would call a shepherd and the other a sheep.  The shepherd corrected me so that the sheep wouldn't be offended by my observence, for the lack of godlyness in others in the group (brothers in Christ).

"What am I", I thought, "a goodie two shoes"?

Letting go with a curse word or telling an off color story or joke, should that be totally off limits to us as believers in Jesus?  Are we to be "squeaky clean"?

Titus chapter 2 deals with our integrity, and yes, we are to be squeaky clean!

2 You, however, must teach what is appropriate to sound doctrine. Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance.

Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.

Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness 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.

Teach slaves to be subject to their masters in everything, to try to please them, not to talk back to them, 10 and not to steal from them, but to show that they can be fully trusted, so that in every way they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive.

11 For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.

15 These, then, are the things you should teach. Encourage and rebuke with all authority. Do not let anyone despise you.