Roland H. Bainton, in his book, Here I Stand. A Life of Martin Luther, writes: â€œEven our very quest for God is a disguised form of self-seekingâ€ (p. 176).
This reminded me of something Karl Barth wrote in his famous Romans commentary:
â€œLook how Michelangelo has depicted the â€˜Creation of Eveâ€™: in the fullness of her charm and beauty she rises slowly, posing herself in the fatal attitude ofâ€”worship. Notice the Creatorâ€™s warning arm and careworn, saddened eyes, as He replies to Eveâ€™s gesture of adoration. She is manifestly behaving as she ought not. Eveâ€”and we must honor her as the first â€˜religious personalityâ€™â€”was the first to set herself against God, the first to worship Him; but, inasmuch as SHE worshiped HIM, she was separated from Him in a manner at once terrible and presumptuousâ€¦ Tragicâ€”because, when men, knowing good and evil, become like God, when their direct relation with Him gives birth to independent action, then all direct relationship is broken off
, p. 247).
The church needs to be reminded of this reality. Our endeavor to make worship, any aspect of church life, or even the church itself more meaningful or intentional only exposes our separation from God. It is, as Luther believed, more about ourselves than God.