At times in life we are presented with the choice of being good vs. appearing good. It is often that to appear good to the masses a person must subvert the truth or make others look bad.
Often those who look good are simply those who most evilly make anyone who opposes them look bad. We find many people who are only seen as good because the people that know their flaws are too afraid to speak against them.
Sometimes being good and doing the right thing is not popular. If we choose to be good we will be perceived as bad simply because what we do is not popular.
In the perspective of this life things are often scrabbled. But we live not in view of this life, but the life to come. Jesus bids us to follow him and live according to the will of God rather than the opinion of man.