I grew up in the same community as Rich Mullins and was a huge fan of his music. He graduated from the same high school I did. When I was in 7th grade, he came and spoke to a group of students during our activities period. This was the first time I’d ever seen him “up close and personal”. He sat at the piano in the band room and just talked. He would play something every now and then – but he spoke from his heart. I don’t remember a lot of what he had to say that day – but I do remember that he said some radical things, because I watched the teachers in the room cringe. I LOVED THAT. He wasn’t afraid to say what he thought. I know a lot of what he said at the time went over my head, but his love for PEOPLE, the “everyman” was apparent. And he was very open and honest about the fact that he was not perfect, just another human trying to do the best that he could. I think that is a big part of why I always connected with his music.
Rich’s brother Lloyd wrote the following about comments he has received regarding the movie Ragamuffin and I loved the post so much – I had to share it.
“I really believe that [Rich] believed his job was in pointing people toward heaven, and he tried to do just that. We all wanted the movie to try to do the same. Schultz could have painted him as some kind of saint, kind of a Christian Yoda who’s got it all figured out, but that movie would have only glorified Rich, and Rich would have hated that (of course, he probably would have loved it too). Schultz took a braver approach: to show the other side, the private side. The side that only a few ever saw. I almost said were privileged to see, but frankly, there were a lot of times when it was no privilege, I’m sure. The movie Schultz made shows him as we all are; flawed, fallible, and frequently a complete asshole, but a complete asshole who never stopped loving God, who never stopped trying to please God. His struggle was not with God, but with himself, just like the rest of us.”
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