Ezekiel sees visions of idolatry in the temple. It’s a condemnation of fake religion, hypocrisy. It’s when your symbols and structures of faith have no actual faith happening in them.
You expect the idolatry to be outside the church, oppositional to it, not in the centre, where God should be.
I came to it off reading an article which linked the current generational distaste for churches with trumpian evangelical politics, drawing parallels to the Protestant revolution and the French revolution.
Why People Hate Religion https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/30/opinion/trump-religion.html.
It’s way easy, of course, to blend into the mix of everything wrong with Christians everything that you don’t personally like God saying to you.
And politics is an overly simple lens – Christians are more nuanced than progressive-always-good, conservative-always-bad.
I get tired of the attitude from non Christian friends of being able to barely tolerate us feeding some poor people, as long as we never ever say anything gody. It’s about Jesus,ok?
But too many people, for too many reasons, look at the church and see a vision like Ezekiel saw in this chapter. Worshipping lies, money, sex and power.