DiM | “Say Amen” by Finding Favour

disapproveCCM Radio Edition.

August 09, 2016. Today we’ll be taking a look at “Say Amen” by Finding Favour, which currently sits at #9 on KLove Top Songs. It seems we’ve covered every song currently on our normal Top20 chart, so this week I thought we’d check a different list.

My first question after hearing this song was, “say Amen to what?” When I read through the lyrics looking for the answer to that question, I realized there was a big problem with the focus of this song. Let’s see if you can pick it out.

Official Music/Lyric Video

Lyrics (via KLove)

This life is a journey we walk by faith
And there will always be the mountains in our way
But right here in this moment, may our strength be renewed
As we recall what God has done and how we’ve seen Him move

If there’s anybody here who’s found Him faithful
Anybody here who knows He’s able
Say Amen
And if there’s anybody here who’s seen His power
Anybody here brought through the fire
Say Amen
Anybody here found joy in the middle of sorrow
Just Say AMEN!

Sometimes through the darkness, it’s hard to see
So just be brave and follow where He leads
‘Cause greater is the one who’s in us, than he who’s in the world
So child of God remember, the battle is the Lord’s

And if there’s anybody here who’s found Him faithful
Anybody here who knows He’s able
Say Amen
And if there’s anybody here who’s seen His power
Anybody here brought through the fire
Say Amen
Anybody here found joy in the middle of sorrow
Peace in the storm, hope for tomorrow
And seen it time and time again
Then just Say AMEN!

Even in the valley of the shadow when you feel alone in the unknown
Just say Amen, Just say Amen
Even when the storms are raging, Stand and know your not forsaken
Just say Amen, Just say Amen

Is there anybody here, Tell me is there anybody here
Come on and Say Amen

And if there’s anybody here who’s seen His power
Anybody here brought through the fire
Come on and Say Amen
Anybody here found joy in the middle of sorrow
Peace in the storm, hope for tomorrow
And seen it time and time again
Just say Amen, Just say Amen!

Publishing: 2014 Universal Music – Brentwood Benson Publishing ASCAP/Songs of Emack (ASCAP). All rights for the world on behalf of Universal Music – Brentwood Benson Publishing and Songs of Emack administered by Capitol CMG Publishing. Wordspring Music, LLC (SESAC)/Farren Love & War Publishing (SESAC) All rights on behalf of itself and Farren Love & War Publishing administered by Wordspring Music, LLC All Rights Reserved. Christian Taylor Music (BMI) administered by Clear Box. Winding Way Music (ASCAP) administered by Clear Box.
Writer(s): David Blake Neesmith, Michael Farren, Kenna West & Jason Cox.

Discussion

So, let’s start this discussion with the most glaring issue, and that is the intended target audience. The artist is looking for an “amen” from anybody who has “experienced” the faithfulness of God, or who has seen His power, or who has been brought through the fire, or has found joy in the middle of sorrow, peace in the storm, hope for tomorrow… and who has seen it time and time again… Just those people. Not the ones who need to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins, nor the ones who trust in the Written Word of God because they are His Word… no, the artist is calling on anyone in the crowd who can say “I’ve seen it”. This is enthusiasm, looking to our experiences and our emotions for the proof of the Goodness of God, rather than trusting by Faith in God’s Written Word regardless of and even in spite of our circumstances and what we see.

If you are in the crowd currently going through that fire, or in that sorrow, or in need of the comfort of the Gospel, well… this song ain’t for you. So, either you can “fake it” and say “amen” as a down-payment on a future experience, or you simply need to wait and hope the next song brings the comfort of the Gospel to your ears. You won’t be getting it in this song.

Most Evangelicals don’t realize they’re creating a falsely stratified Christianity, where you have Christians that are “saved” but only just so, and powerless because they’ve settled for a mediocre or average life. Most honestly think this sort of “positive self affirmation” and version of the “fake it ’till ya make it” somehow serves the Gospel. Now only the most brazen will call it such, most will baptize these concepts and rebrand them as “making a positive confession of who you are destined to be” and “declare now what you’re going to be in God’s timing”… but it’s a thin veneer, and it provides no hope. Instead, what you get is a lot of “fake it until you realize you can’t make it” and then the despair of, “why doesn’t God show up for me like He obviously does for all of these other people?”

So, let’s get to the whole “say amen” bit. What are we supposed to be saying “amen” to or about? Amen is a word of agreement or affirmation of the Truth of a statement. The singer is asking the question, “if there’s anyone here who’s seen God work, say amen” and everyone in the room is supposed to reply “Amen” as if to say “I’ve seen/experienced God work!” Now, there are a couple of lines in this song that breaks away a little from the “tell me you’ve experienced it yourself”, and attempts to offer a word of encouragement to those feeling all alone in the valley of the shadow… but the encouragement of “just say amen” isn’t grounded on the Word of God, it’s still within the context of “God has been there for everyone else in the room, just say Amen and know He’ll be there for you, too”.

How do we know this is all based on enthusiasm? How does this song provide the comfort of the Gospel for the mother who loses her child to cancer after years of praying and fighting? How does this song provide the comfort of the Gospel to the teen whose parents are getting a divorce? It doesn’t, because it can’t. This song isn’t bringing the comfort of the Gospel, it’s a call to “testimonials” based on personal experiences rather than the Word of God.

And now let’s get back to the opening line of the song, This life is a journey we walk by faith. Faith in Whom, ourselves and our experiences or in the Word of Christ? The song focuses on believing in a temporal rescue while making no mention of the eternal salvation found in Christ alone. Ignoring the reality that we all die, that often times God doesn’t rescue us from death, but instead calls us Home isn’t walking by Faith. It’s enthusiasm, and it does more harm than good. It leads to despair and in many cases it shipwrecks faith and hardens hearts against God because all of the false promises made in the name of God fall flat.

Conclusion

While I could go through this song and try to tease out the partial references to scripture, the overall context of this song is off, misguided, and focused on the senses rather than the Word of God. The Promises of God flow through the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which this song seems to completely miss. This song earned a solid Disapproval.

1 Peter 1:3-9 (ESV) | Born Again to a Living Hope

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

In Christ Jesus,
Jorge

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