As I was enjoying the awesome musical genius that is Israel Houghton, a post idea came to mind.
Toward the end of the concert, Israel held up both his hands in the air. He pointed out that two hands raised in the air is the “international symbol of surrender“. He asked if everyone could raise both their hands in the air, no matter what their tradition or denomination, as a symbol of worship and surrender to God.
It was a beautiful thing to see such a unified display of worship in a sanctuary filled with worship team leaders, musicians, and audio/visual technicians.
But, it got me thinking about how these kinds of physical displays of worship are not universally embraced by the Christian community and in some respects are downright controversial.
Some people instinctively raise their hands, closing their eyes, perhaps even shedding tears.
Others frown upon even hand clapping in church, yet alone hand raising.
What’s your take? To raise hands or not raise hands? What do you think the Bible says about this one?