The Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who designed and constructed an automobile. He loved his car; he longed for those days on which he could hop in, put the top down, and take long drives through the country in it. He adored his automobile. He dreamed of it, designed it, and constructed it so that he could enjoy it and share his joy with it.

But something happened to the automobile. Storm clouds appeared; rain, lightening, and hail did immeasurable damage to the automobile’s appearance. Dust, neglect, and wear and tear rendered the car inoperable. The Designer was saddened—he could no longer take his cruises in the country. The automobile was broken.

A group of men and women gathered around the car and shared in the sorrow of the Designer. “The car is obviously broken. The Designer’s dream sits idle. We love the Designer, we want to please Him, we must restore the car. That will surely make the Designer happy,” said they.

And so the work began. But soon differences of opinion developed. What will bring the Designer the most joy? Some firmly believed that the Designer was most displeased by the car’s sloppy appearance. This group advocated a new paint job, buffing the chrome, and replacing the broken glass. They also argued for a protective shelter to be constructed so that the beloved car’s appearance could be preserved. “Preservation of outward appearance should be our top priority,” said they.

Another group agreed that the appearance was deplorable; however, they believed that the main purpose for the vehicle in the first place was not its outward appearance but, rather, its functionality. Sure, a new paint job would be nice but our first priority should be to replace the engine and get the thing moving down the road again. “Restoration to designed functionality should be our top priority,” said they.

And so the project stalled. A tarp was purchased and thrown over the car for protection. A meeting is ongoing to reach an agreement on the appropriate course of action. The car sits idle—appreciated, cared for, maintained—but idle.

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