On Being a Role Model

George M. Coon

READ : Titus 2:1-10

Tell the older women to . . . encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children . . . (vv. 3-4)

Former NBA star Charles Barkley became famous (or infamous!) for insisting that professional sports stars are not role models. Of course, his intentions were good. He wanted the focus shifted to parents as role models instead of athletes who live in an unrealistic dream-world. Yet Barkley’s comments did spark a debate about the responsibility of cultural “icons” to the most impressionable ones in society. Like it or not, they are role models.

In the church community there are role models all around us. Those who are older and have lived their lives for Christ have earned the right to instruct and influence those who are younger in their Christian life. The church is to be a healthy community that offers encouragement and support for everyone trying to live a godly life. And nothing is more encouraging than the power of a good example.

Those qualified to take their rightful place as role models should do so, not pushing their responsibility onto someone else. Likewise those younger ought to be willing to listen and learn from older saints who have walked with Jesus for a lifetime.


Lord, may my life be such that those younger than I can look to me as a spiritual role model.