A little over a wek ago I did a post called "The Myth of the Sinless Sinner," and had the following statement in there:
. . . man is at heart a worshipping being
Frequent commenter Zeke asked for some elaboration and said he didn't think he could defend that position as stated. He assured me he was not challenging me or being disingenuous in the question. To which I say, no assurances were necessary, it is a good question which is worthy of elaboration.
I'll start by saying I agree with the Westminster Shorter Catechism, that man's chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. Of course we could have endless fruitful discussion on how man can glorify God, but this is the place to begin. Romans 11:36 says:
For from him and through him and to him are all things.
To him be the glory forever! Amen.
The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984 . Zondervan: Grand Rapids
"All things" have a Godward orientation. They came "from him," are proceeding "to him" and in between the "from" and the "to" they are moving "through" Him. In other words, He created us for Himself and is moving us toward Himself.
Colossians 1:16 says - "all things were created by him and for him."
Colossians 1:18 says - "so that in everything he might have the supremacy."
In other words, we were made for God and I believe we express that in worship. Further, as Chesterton is reported to have said:
When Man ceases to worship God he does not worship nothing but worships everything.
In other words, when man ceases to worship God he does not cease to worship. This can be backed up in Romans 1:21-25:
21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.
24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.
For now I'll just note the parallel between verses 23 and 25. "They
exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images . . . ," and "they
exchanged the truth of God for a (the) and worshipped an served . . . " The important thing to notice is that worship is continually going on here.
After this Romans 1 goes into a lengthy description of sinful
behaviors which are rooted in this exchange of worship and it's useful
to point out that the rest of Romans 1 talks about many things which we
today define as personality quirks, phychological functions and
dysfunctions, and sociological conditions. Yet, the Bible defines
these things as rooted in worship.
I am not saying that everyone is self-consciously aware that they are always worshipping, but I am saying these verses show that man is a worshipping being at root. Hope this is helpful.