The weather was nice enough yesterday that I tinkered with my boat. The sunshine and warm air had me thinking about my dad. He introduced me to fishing as soon as I could walk, and he taught me to set limb-lines to catch catfish.
It’s interesting to see how words like catfish morph and take on a whole new meaning. Catfishing is now associated with words like, sham, forgery, lies, and counterfeit. Catfishing is presently used to define the actions of people who use the internet to create a digital life with the intent to deceive
Unsuspecting people can be duped and led into a phony relationship with romantic overtures. The innocent are manipulated by someone who is more cavalier than sincere. They have embraced a two-faced rascal who is blinded by a single-minded desire for self-gratification.
This is the month to talk about two-faced catfishing rascals. January is named after Janus who was the two-faced Roman god of gates and doorways. Janus looked in opposite directions, and the month of January looks back on the old year and forward to the new.
Hypocritical people are two-faced or “Janus-faced.” Jesus had a great disdain for the two-faced tactics of the religious leaders of His day.
To avoid this two-faced tendency, I suggest that you:
- “Put off your former conduct . . . and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness (Ephesians 4:22-24).”
- To do this, you will need to, “Keep on being obedient to the Word, and not merely being hearers who deceive themselves. For if anyone hears the word but is not obedient to it, he is like a man who looks at himself in a mirror and studies himself carefully, and then goes off and immediately forgets what he looks like (James 1:22-24).”
During his presidency, Abraham Lincoln was called Janus-faced. This less than handsome president responded: “If I had two faces, do you think I’d wear this one?”
Which face will you wear today?