Before I explain the title of this post, let me set up this video.

This last year, Rich Mullins, the late singer-songwriter became one of my heroes. Yes, I’m referring to the guy who wrote “Awesome God.” Growing up, I was never a huge fan of his music, but after I read his biography, I realized he embodied nearly everything I’m chasing after.

He was a humble man who encoutered the fierce and fiery love of God and from that place he produced great art (for his time). He loved his neighbor deeply and was never concerned with impressing people. He was a man that could not fit easily into categories.

With that said, this video clip is Rich talking in a moment of vulnerability just before he sings his song “Step by Step”. Here, he talks about the love of God and the kind of art God makes.

If you don’t have time to watch this video, here’s a little excerpt you can read.

“This is yet another prayer song. Sometimes I find it hard to pray. Maybe that’s why I’ve written so many prayer songs because it’s easier to sing sometimes. God may find it more entertaining than if you just say it too. Who knows? Except I’m not sure if God’s all that concerned about being entertained. Maybe that’s just a human thing. Sometimes you try to impress God with all the right words. I just don’t think it’s an easy thing to impress God Almighty.

Here’s the thing that I think we often forget is that we don’t have to impress him. He’s already knocked out about you. He already loves you more than you can imagine.

I remember reading a thing Picaso once said. I like to read what famous artists have to say because I’m barely able to look at their paintings without going into a coma trying to figure out what it’s about. He said that ‘good taste is the enemy of great art’ which I think is very true. Good taste has all to do with being cultured and being refined. If art has to do with anything, it has to do with being human.

One of the reasons I love the Bible is because the humans in the Bible were not very refined. They’re pretty goofy if you want to know whole the truth about.

I remember when I was a kid – I was one of those typical, depressed adolescent types. I wrote poetry and stuff. That’s how morose I was as a kid. People would say “Cheer up because God love you.” And I would say “Big deal, God loves everybody. That don’t make me special. That just proves that God aint got no taste”.

And I don’t think He does. Thank God. Because God takes the junk of our lives and he makes the greatest art in the world out of it. And if He was cultured and He was as civilized as most Christian people wish He was… He would be useless to Christianity.

But God is a wild man. And I hope in the course of your life you encounter Him. But let me warn you, you need to hang on for dear life…or let go for dear life.”

I’d love to hear what sticks out to you. You can leave a comment below.

I hope to share more quotes from Rich Mullins in the coming months.

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  • Thanks man, great article. In the second to last paragraph, *He would be useless to Christianity*

  • Thanks Will. Yeah, I couldn’t catch if he said “You” or “He”.