From Motion Sickness:
Say the Gospel, all of the important ?matter? of the Christian faith, was placed in a house. Chesterton says that with anything that someone really cares about or stands behind they will build on it and make it something wonderful for others to behold. That I don?t see as a problem, and I consider it to be a good truth. Paul tells many of his churches to do the same with their own faith. However, it may be that over the course of time the Church (capital ?C?) has gone overboard. We?ve added additions, made renovations – a hot tub here, a plasma TV there – and decorated the area around the precious Gospel with so much glitter and glam that now the house has been radically changed. But the problem is, we?ve spent so much time on the interior that we forget to tend to the exterior – heck, we forget what it even looks like! When someone who has spent their life on the inside finally goes outside, they reach the end of the driveway, turn around, look at the house, and exclaim, ?That?s where I was?!? One of three reactions follow: they decide that more time needs to be spent on the outside to make the house truly reflect what lives in it; they retreat back inside to hide; or they say, ?I can?t believe I spent so much time living in a heap. I?m outta here.? I see far too much of the second two, and not nearly enough of the first. (link)
PS: Click on “link” to read the whole thing. I should know better than to take an analogy out of context. It will make more sense, if it doesn’t now, if you read the whole post at Motion Sickness.