As we sit in our pew next to a friend or even a stranger, we listen to the message from the pastor hoping to glean a nugget of knowledge, hope or a simple reminder of God’s love. While we listen and learn there are points in the message that may bring a rise in our emotion that feels like our soul wants to shout from the rooftops the Truth we know in Christ.
In the upper Midwest there seems to be a tradition of remaining silent and stone-like during the Sunday Service in Christian Churches. I personally do not know why this is, but in all the churches I have attended it is like this. Since I am only speaking of this phenomena in general terms, please don’t wear this shoe if it doesn’t fit.
Myself having attended a Baptist church for a few years while living in Oklahoma have experienced the other side of this coin. In that church we were encouraged to say “Amen!” when the preacher said something that supported the Truth of Jesus Christ or encouragement for all to take in. It is also a great way to give the preacher encouragement that his message is accurate and well received.
In 2 Corinthians 1: 20 Paul makes a statement about “Amen” that I find refreshing to my soul as to why saying it is so important. 20. “For all the promises of God find their yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.” When we say “Amen” we are saying that God’s will is the final answer and it shall be so.
I believe “Amen” for a Christian is the seal for God’s promise through Jesus Christ. Each time we say it at the end of our prayers, we are sealing our prayer with the belief and confidence that God in His time will answer it. “Amen” can also be said when we affirm the Truth when it is preached.
In my humble opinion saying “Amen” during the preacher’s message should be considered the norm rather than the “thing we don’t do here”. As Christians it seems to me that it is our role to be heard and not silent when the Truth is spoken or if we need to share the Gospel to the lost. So then the question begs to be asked; are we following the traditions of men or are we following what God is urging us to do; to whom does the glory belong?