Appearing righteous does not make one righteous. A lot of people concern themselves with appearing righteous. They take the time to learn the right lingo. They agonize over the right way of doing something so as to keep up appearances. From the outside they seem to be truly living God’s life.
But appearing righteous does not make one righteous. Righteousness starts from the inside. True righteousness is a matter of the heart. It is a righteousness that does not concern itself with simply not murdering, but focuses on the root cause of anger. It is a righteousness that does not feel justified in not committing adultery, while in actuality you have allowed lust to win. True righteousness starts from a changed heart and attitude that then leads to a new way of living.
Christians should appear righteous. We are required to be salt and light to the world. However that righteousness needs to be more than skin deep. It needs to be a deep abiding righteousness that leads to a new way of living our life. So live righteous, don’t just appear righteous!