Last night I ran across this way cool instrumental featuring a hammered dulcimer, bodhrán and drumsticks (no drums, just a bunch of sticks!) by the late Christian artist Rich Mullins and his Ragamuffin Band:
Following a church retreat over the weekend, I read up on Mullins’ unique legacy. Early in life he took a vow of poverty and lived in various destitute communities in the U.S. and abroad. His last residence was a hogan in a remote expanse of the Navajo Nation teaching music to kids.
Another YouTube video from the same concert has Rich sharing his humbling philosophy:
If I want to identify fully with Jesus Christ — who I claim to be my Savior and Lord — the best way that I can do that is to identify with the poor. This I know will go against the teachings of all the popular Evangelical preachers, but they’re just wrong. They’re not bad; they’re just wrong.
Christianity is not about building an absolutely secure little niche in the world where you can live with your perfect little wife and your perfect little children in your beautiful little house where you have no gays or minority groups anywhere near you.
Christianity is about learning to love like Jesus loved and Jesus loved the poor and Jesus loved the broken.
Thanks for the reminder, Rich.
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April 30th, 2007 by admindude