Holding Hands In Church – Just A Few Observations
Christians love to touch. Whether it’s holding hands, putting arms around each other, hugging, etc., we just love it! As someone with a personal bubble security like Alcatraz, I’m pretty sensitive to the whole touching gig.
I’d say that this quality makes me very aware when touching is happening. Specifically holding hands. Here are a few things I’ve observed about holding hands in church.
1. To scratch and itch or not to scratch an itch?
It’s the absolute worst when your nose or something starts itching while people on both sides of you have a sweaty death grip during a prayer. The question that never ceases to cross my mind that may very well be the question of the century is – Do I pry my hand out and itch my nose, or do I bring the person’s hand up to my face and scratch with one finger as I hold their hand with the other?
As you can see, neither solution leaves you awkwardness free. Of course, you can always just let your face itch, but that’s even worse. Trust me.
2. The squeeze at the end?
I always love the person who gives that extra tight squeeze at the end of the prayer before letting go. I assume it’s like pressing send on the prayer. What I don’t like is when you try to let go just as soon as they give their hardy squeeze. It’s the awkward “oh…ha…I didn’t know you were gonna…ha…oh…” moment.
My advice is to just let is go. You are to far gone to try and squeeze their hand back. You’ve already shown that you aren’t as much of a “loving Christian” as they are. Let it go.
My last observation is this.
3. Don’t link fingers with me, and DON’T raise your hands while you’re holding mine.
I once had a lady try to link fingers (intertwine fingers) with me. I tightened my hand up so hard and fast while keeping a straight face, like I didn’t even notice what she was trying to do, you would have thought I was statue. Oh, but I noticed LADY. You DO NOT link fingers with a stranger! That’s a big No!
I also once had a guy lift his hands to worship while holding mine and a person on the other side of him’s hand. Do I even have to explain why this is not okay? I wanted to yell, “No! Stop the service everybody! This guy just lifted his hands while holding mine!” I would then proceed to grab the mic from the pastor who was praying at that moment and explain why what just happened, is not okay.
These are my few observations when it comes to holding hands in church. What observations would you like to add to the list?