So last night I watched the new episode of Catfish: the TV Show, on MTV. Which by the way is the only show I will ever recommend watching on MTV…
Anyways, for those of who you do not know what this show is about let me tell you a little background about it.
Nev Shulman, the host/guide or whatever, finds people who are in online relationships over Facebook and tries to help them meet the other person, whoever they may be. 100% of the time the person on the other end is not who they say they are and are using this profile to pursue a relationship because maybe they have self-esteem issues or cannot really express themselves in person the way they want to.
So Nev going this term “catfish”, which is one of these people that isn’t who they say they are and try to be something that they aren’t to get attention.
As I was watching the show I saw some similarities between the deception of these online relationships and the average Christian’s relationship with God.
Now obviously we don’t chat with God on Facebook or tweet him, but sometimes we use the same “catfishing” technique to try to come across better than we are.
Why do we go to church? Why do we help the less fortunate? Why do we pray? Why do we worship? Is it because we really want to get in a deeper love with Him, or are we just putting up a front so He will “like us”.
Alot of times I catfish God. Maybe it’s praying just because I want something to go my way. Maybe it’s doing something nice for the less fortunate to fulfill my own selfish pride. No matter the circumstance, everyone has something they want to try to “hide” from Him.
The funny thing is is that he already knows everything! This front I may put on is silly, because in the end God knows the real me. He knows what percent of me is really pursuing Him and which percent just wants a foot in the door.
The tough part is, we will never be a perfect partner for God. Because of the Fall we are incapable of doing things right every time. But that shouldn’t stop us from trying:
“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.” (NIV)
I apologize for this less than perfect analogy, I just feel like this concept of deception can be one that is very prevalent in my life and is something I really need to work on. Whether or not you think God will be please, be yourself with him. It’s foolish to think we can trick God, because He knows all. Open yourself up to him, and He will be able to do some incredible things.