Movie makers in Hollywood will often use a façade to simulate the real thing. Rather than using a real store front, they will make a giant wall that looks like a store front. However, in actuality, it’s merely a wall supported by braces in the background. With carefully chosen camera angles, the movie viewer could never tell the difference.
Sadly, this is the way that many live their lives. They put up a “fake” person when in the eye of the public, which they never are in private. This is especially prevalent among religious people, who pride themselves on their appearances. They come to church looking one way. But they are something different altogether when returning home. Their children see the game they are playing. More importantly, God sees the game they are playing.
Jesus spoke against such people. He called them hypocrites. He didn’t have any kind words for them. Jesus said, “Woe to you, … hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness” (Matthew 23:27).
The road out of hypocrisy is confession. When you confess your sins, you are being real with others, as well as being real with God, who sees through all of your façades.