when i leave i wanna go out like Elijah…

11 years ago last Friday (Sept. 19), one of the most incredible Christian singers of all time (according to me, anyway) was taken into the very presence of God, in his “chariot of fire”. Rich Mullins is one of the few “Christian” artists that I listen to – and I cry every time I listen to his music.  a few of my favorites are “Elijah”, “Calling Out Your Name”, and “Here in America”, but, really, all of his stuff is great. it’s very real, God-focused, and filled with nature imagery. his life was not about material success, but rather, he was probably as close as one can get to being like Jesus. this quote, which he gave shortly before he died, pretty much sums that up:

“Jesus said whatever you do to the least of these my brothers you’ve done it to me. And this is what I’ve come to think. That 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 a beautiful little house where you have no gays or minority groups anywhere near you. Christianity is learning to love like Jesus loved and Jesus loved the poor and Jesus loved the broken.”

need a tissue? i did.

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