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1 Timothy 5 Essay

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Paul’s letter to Timothy is a book of social standards and teachings that Paul believes to be principles of living that apply to all in the community in order to live up to the ideals of Christians in the early church. This plea by to Timothy appears to be a reaction to people in the area of Ephesus moving away from Paul’s teachings, and focusing their lives on more temporal desires instead of focusing on Christ and the building of the Church in the community. Paul believes the laws of Christianity exist as instruction to those in the community that are considered lawless or disobedient . In the spirit of teaching social standards to the community, 1Timothy 5:3-16 focuses on the ...view middle of the document...

He was responsible for the land, and all members of the household including the slaves. Society had confidence in the leadership of the man and it was believed that changes of roles in the household would lead to potential turmoil . It was thought by the Greek and Roman society that manner in which the household is managed should mirror the ruling style of the government .
One could see faint signs of these principles in contemporary life as political leaders with vast amounts of marital and other personal problems could prevent being elected, or staying in office. Today emphasis is still placed on stability at home, as it could mean stability in other leadership roles. Many political candidates use the platform of “family values” or a patriarchal system where the male worked outside the home and the wife dedicated herself to domestic affairs. Whether or not that type of agenda is agreed with to continue stability in the home, it is critical to identify those who have dedicated their lives to domestic or household support and ensure they are cared for when the primary earner is no longer alive or able to provide financial support for the household. Realizing situations today may differ from those in the past; the churches need for providing to the widows and others remains constant. Although most churches desire to serve the community at large, they also strive to serve those in need that may be current members and serving in their congregation. With this in mind 1 Timothy 5 provides a type of evaluation mechanism that provides insight to identifying those who have never worked outside of the home, or due to their commitment to caring for others, have not been able to create financial security for their future. 1 Timothy 5:10 (NRSV) states “she must be well attested for her good works, as one who has brought up children, shown hospitality, washed the saints feet, helped the afflicted, and devoted herself to doing good in every way”. In every church community widows or others can be identified that have dedicated themselves to serving others. The widow in this type of situation may be living by the contemporary code of “service before self” which is similar to 1 Timothy 5 emphasis on putting aside sensual desires and devoting herself to serving others. This passage provides a way to identify those in the community who are dedicated to the service of others even at the expense of their own well-being. The success of many people in leadership roles could be attributed to the support they received at home as either a spouse or during their childhood.
Realizing their success outside of the home could be attributed to this model of one in the household dedicating themselves to service that was established during the time of the early Church. This understanding could provide clues to the leadership in the church that those who were always working for others may now have needs of their own and may require some form of assistance...

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