“Then Ezra blessed the Lord the great God. And all the people answered, ‘Amen, Amen!’ while lifting up their hands; then they bowed low and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground” (Nehemiah 8:6).

In congregational life, a hearty “Amen” is sometimes offered by individuals when they hear someone express an opinion with which they agree. Such shout outs, however, fall far short of the biblical amen. Amen was never intended as a vote for personal preferences, but rather, an affirmation of spiritual truth. To utter an “Amen” is to say, “Lord, let it be so in my life.”

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