I’m not a Luther scholar, but catholic theologians have long recognized the tension often present in peoples thinking about Jesus between “high Christology” and “low Christology.”
We puny humans have always had a hard time dealing with the Jesus as both fully God and fully man. For some reason, people have a tendency to pick one and over-emphasize that aspect to the detriment of the other (there are fancy names even for ancient heresies that go as far as actually denying the divinity or humanity of Christ).
Those who have a high Christological focus emphasize the view of God as transcendent, omnipotent, majestic, fearsome, etc. Those with the low view emphasize the humility of Jesus, his suffering, his empathy for the poor, curing of the sick…
As usual, the narrow road is to be vigilant not in veering into either ditch, but to remain aware of the reality that Christ is BOTH. It is a legitimate expression of high Christology to create beautiful religious art, soaring cathedrals, precious vessels and monstrances to honor Christ in the Eucharist, etc. These things acknowledge in material form our spiritual recognition that God is first, before all else and that we are terribly small in comparison. It can also legitimate to emulate the humility of Christ in simple church buildings, humble vessels, and prioritized mission to the poor and weak. Probably it’s best to look at the predominating error of the day and push back against it.
I suspect that our time suffers from an excess of low Christology in which Jesus is reduced to a mere hippy preaching groovy love for all without any pesky demands for worship, repentance and obedience. I think we’d do better to return to liturgical worship that glorifies God as sacred and transcendent. Nevertheless, it’s a good reminder not to neglect Jesus’ instruction to find him in the poor, the sick, the prisoners, the hungry…
I suspect the same controversies went on in Luther’s time. The Church took a lot of flack (and still does some times) for spending so much material wealth on the construction of cathedrals and sacred art. In those days, the cathedral was usually by far the most expensive and elaborate building in a given city. Maybe that’s even the root of the OP’s query. People never really change, after all. In any case, I’m not convinced that the outcome of Luther’s revolt has improved things much. Today the most expensive buildings in any given city are temples to corporatism, the state and pro sports. Big improvement, eh?
P.S. Is there some kind of red light that goes off and shines on the ceiling of the Swan Cave whenever Luther is mentioned in a CAF post? I swear that’s the only time TQ shows up here!