This is not a normal blog. I am taking this moment to talk to you about a person who has had a bit of influence on my life. From the time I was a small boy I have always loved music. Through the years, I have come to find something good in every genre of it. From Country to Heavy Metal Rap. All of it has something redeeming.
The first strong influence on me in Christian music was Keith Green. He was an amazing man and I love not only his music, but the message he portrayed on stage and in his life. A few years later I grew to enjoy another artist, Rich Mullins. Today is the 19th anniversary of his going home to be with Jesus.
A movie came out in 2014 called “Ragamuffin.” The story of Rich Mullins’ life. I tend to think that everyone who is doing ministry has it all together. Rich had a purity in his music and, like Keith, he had issues with how his ministry was treated. He initially refused to even record or sell his music because he feared it would be used in the wrong way. But, he knew in his heart that God had given him the talents he had to sing for Him and get the message out. He found a way to make it happen and follow God how he felt he was supposed to. Even though his music brought him millions of dollars, he took only a medium salary, the rest going to various ministries.
I highly recommend the movie, but I caution you. It’s a reality movie that shows his talents and his failures. Failures I understood because I have some too. It made a man I admired more real and a God I love even more loving. Rent it or check it out on Netflix.
Maybe, like me, you will learn that God is a compassionate and merciful Father and does not stand over us with a whip.