There’s this social rule with dogs that you don’t display aggression, even subtle aggression, toward the pack leaders, and humans are the pack leaders. Pointing your ears at someone, for a dog, is a subtle form of aggression; and pulling your ears back is a sign of submission. So we’ll often have fun with our dogs when they are focused on one of us (humans) with their ears back. If I look away, they’ll raise their ears toward me, but as I turn back, they’ll lower their ears. It can be a fun game.
I see the same thing in my life and in other people’s lives when we do things that we know God wouldn’t approve, but then act completely differently when we are either reminded that He’s watching or in a place where people are watching our behavior. Do we act like God is watching? Do we even act like we believe He’s real? People are watching, many who are watching Christians to see if they act like what they believe is really true.
“Beware of the scribes, which desire to walk in long robes, and love greetings in the markets, and the highest seats in the synagogues, and the chief rooms at feasts;”—Luke 20:46