Whitewash won't hold up a fence. - Woodrow Kroll
My husband builds fences. All kinds. Wood, chain link, ornamental... They all have something in common: posts that are deeply, firmly concreted in the ground. A foundation of sorts. They're what hold up the fences. Without the posts, the fences won't stand, no matter how pretty they are.
On occasion, he repairs fences that are falling over because the builder didn't install posts deep enough in the ground.
It makes no difference if a fence is painted; whitewash, paint or stain (in essence, the appearance) has nothing to do with the structure and upholding of a fence.
What a simple truth, yet powerful lesson for the Christian to learn.