Amen or Ouch?

“Say Amen or Say Ouch”

The pastor at our church has a saying that he will use quite often in his sermons:

“Say Amen or say Ouch.”

‘Say Amen” – acknowledge that the conversation that is happening between God and his people in that particular location at that time is good.

It is soul refreshing.

It is strengthening.

It helps you get ready for another week, “Out there.”


“Say Ouch” – acknowledge that the conversation that is happening is challenging you, it is making you realize that you can “do life” better. It’s a realization that what God says through the Bible in that particular place isn’t all peace and comfort. It shows us where we fall short. It shows us where God expects more from us. It challenges us to go “out there” and do better, because while we know we can’t do it perfect, we can do it better. It also acknowledges the grace and forgiveness that comes when we say “ouch” and realize we messed up.

“Say Amen or Say Ouch.”

John 13:34-35 says:
““Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples—when they see the love you have for each other.””

Love one another – say amen or say ouch?

Love one another the way Jesus loves us – say amen or say ouch? Remember, Jesus was known to have dinner with IRS agents and prostitutes.

“Everyone will recognized that you are my disciples – when they see the love you have for each other.”

If someone looked at your Facebook wall – would they see the love of Jesus on there?

If someone saw the comments you make on someone’s social media post about police shootings or race/hate crimes or protest marches or refugees seeking to come to America, would they see the love of Jesus?

If someone watched ________________________ that you did, would they see the love of Jesus there? Would they see your love for one another?

Or does “one another” only refer to people in your circle of friends? Or people who speak English as their first language? Or people who are……..

In all of the struggles that this world is going through, we have an opportunity, as the church of Christ, to show love.

How do you think we’re doing?

Yeah, me neither.


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