The Day The Music Died

“We’re not saved because we’re good. We’re good because we’re saved.” -Rich Mullins

This is not a normal blog. I am taking this moment to talkmv5botyznjg2mtazm15bml5banbnxkftztgwndeyodc3mte-_v1_ 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 5480fa05622ac_rich_mullinswrong 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.

 

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Author: Matt Davenport

I love to write. I write books, blogs, articles. Mostly about God and His amazing blessings. Sometimes about other things. But mostly about God. I have a fixation on comma. Please forgive me if you see too many of them.

4 thoughts on “The Day The Music Died”

  1. I also loved Keith Green. His book ‘No Compromise’ helped change so much of my stinking thinking. Enjoying your blog. Thanks 😁
    Tabitha Hegenbart

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    1. Thanks Tabitha! Yes, Keith Green is the one who has had the biggest influence on me as far as Christian music. He was a powerful voice. They have been working on his bio pic now for several years.

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  3. I was just remembering Rich’s passing today and realized that I had ‘We are not as strong as we think we are ‘ stuck in my head yesterday. Rich passed away the same day my firstborn was due (she eventually arrived 2 weeks later), but hearing of his passing filled me with such grief. I remember the baby jostling around a lot when I was told (same reaction as when I was told of Princess Diana’s passing just weeks earlier). Thanks for your blog post!

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