If there’s one thing evangelicals are notorious for… it just might be lifting up their arms during a worship song.
When the worship band up on stage hits a groove, and your soul is pointed like an arrow up to God, some Christians can’t help but stretch up their arms like they’re welcoming the very presence of God himself into their heart. At least, that’s what sometimes goes through my head when I uplift my hands in what some people call a “hug from God.”
The “hug from God” posture is especially popular among evangelicals. Maybe it’s the whole “being so public” about their adoration of God. Raising your hands like this is like saying “Who loves God? Me! Me! Me!”
Lifting the arms up during Christian prayer or worship isn’t new either. We have wall paintings from the catacombs that show early believers in this position. Church historians and archaeologists call this posture the “orans posture.” Orans comes from the Latin word for “pray.”