Facades, Fronting, and False Appearances
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7 NKJV
For we do not commend ourselves again to you, but give you opportunity to boast on our behalf, that you may have an answer for those who boast in appearance and not in heart. 2 Corinthians 5:12 NKJV
When someone gives the appearance of something by an outer expression that is false, they are living a lie. For example, some people will use beautiful clothes, expensive jewels, valuable possessions, good works, position or status to cover-up their anger, hurt, their emptiness, and brokenness of heart, but God sees them just as they are–so they might as well squash the facades, the fronting, and the false appearances.
A façade is an artificial deceptive outward appearance of a building. Even though the building has a new artificial front, it is still the same old building inside. Much like a façade, fronting is a demeanor used to cover-up secrets. Married couples, often times, in public give the observer the demeanor of a sweet-loving marriage when behind closed doors they are experiencing very serious acrimony. Both facades and fronting creates a false appearance because of a deliberate untrue or deceptive false presentation of the facts.
Jesus taught us not to judge according to appearances, but rather judge according to righteous judgment (John 7:24). Righteous judgment is judging according to the spirit of the law not just the letter, i.e., looking beyond the exterior through love, mercy, and grace. A person can be beautiful on the outside but rotten on the inside (Matt. 23:27). So, facades, fronting, and false appearances can be grossly misleading to the undiscerning.
Behind the facades, fronting, and false appearances are variations of un-fulfillment (Gal. 6:3). If the unfulfilled just “rewind the tape” of their life to review some event or incident that caused them a sense of hurt and brokenness, they can find and identify their unmet needs, unhealed hurts, and unfulfilled desires. If these feelings of un-fulfillment are not submitted to God, it can lead to unbridled lust: this is the direct result of being unfulfilled (Jas. 1:14-15); and, it leads to the coping behavior of facades, fronting, and false appearances (2 Cor. 10:7). Satan uses unfulfilled desires to deceive and ensnare you (1 John 2:16). Let’s squash the facades, the fronting, and the false appearances and keep it real before God and others.