Christian In Israel

Can I get an amen?

With such negative associations related to amen, how did it end up as the most popular word in faith?

David dances in the presence of the ark
Photo by: The Morgan Bible/Wikimedia Commons
In my travels around the world speaking in churches about creating a new positive path in Jewish-Christian relations, I was initially caught off guard on how free-flowing the word “amen” would be used during a pastor’s message.

“Can I get an amen,” was occasionally repeated by the pastor and in return, the congregation would respond with a thundering affirmation – “amen.” While both Judaism and Christianity use amen as an answer to prayers, I just could never imagine my pulpit rabbi asking the congregation to affirm what he was saying during his message.



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