Critics lit into Mitt Romney when, during his visit to Israel, he compared the Israelis favorably to the Palestinians. They seemed to criticize not the content of his comparison, but the legitimacy of comparing people groups.
Paul held to no such political correctness. He characterized the Cretans and quoted one of their own with approval.
“Someone who is one of their own prophets said, ‘People from Crete are always liars, wild animals, and lazy gluttons.’ This statement is true. Because of this, correct them firmly, so that they can be healthy in their faith” (Titus 1.12-13 CEB).
So do you think Titus had a specially tough assignment? Was he in a highly resistant mission field? Is the letter to him a good sign or bad, of the gospel in tough cultures?