Rich Mullins, Being Different and James 5:16
James 5:16 Therefore, confess your sins to each other and pray for each other, so that you may be healed.
I don’t enjoy reading the little parts in the Bible that make me distinctly uncomfortable because I KNOW I’m not even trying to apply their principles in my life. That’s partly because, many times, I don’t percieve of many other people around me trying to apply their principles in their lives either; I think we humans, womankind and mankind, tend strongly to manifest a herd mentality. I’ll be the first to admit, I’m a people-pleaser.
This above verse, for example. Confess our sins to each other? Who really does that? Wouldn’t it encourage overly amounts of introspection, even self-centeredness and morbidity? Besides, it’s embarassing! And perhaps many would argue that nowadays there is not enough trust and community in society to warrant such a practice. But I’m not sure there was even back years ago.
A few years back there was a top-notch young North American First Nations musician who was willing to be a little different, FOR JESUS. His name was Rich Mullins and here’s a bit about him TAKEN FROM FRANCIS CHAN’s RECENT BESTSELLER, “CRAZY LOVE”.
“(Rich Mullins) got his start writing songs for big-name recording artists, but in 1985 he recorded his debut album. For the next 12 years he made music, toured, and ministered to thousands of people through his simple yet weighty lyrics. His two most well-known songs are “Awesome God” and “Step by Step”.His songs have been covered by artists and bands like John Tesh, Rebecca St. James, Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, Third Day, Caedmons’ Call, and Jars of Clay.
Despite his success in the music industry, Rich often ruffled the feathers of Christian music culture. He didn’t consider music to be his primary purpose in life; to him, it simply enabled him to pursue the higher calling of loving people: children, his neighbors, enemies, and non-Christians. Sometimes he showed up to his concerts unshaven and barefoot. To keep others from putting him on a pedestal, he often confessed his sins and failures in public.” – Francis Chan in “Crazy Love”, last chapter.
How much might we all be helped if we were brave enough, willing enough, to take a few tiny steps toward increased transparency in relationship, one with another, in obedience to JESUS. Trusting each other a little more, not indiscriminately, not unwisely, not selfishly, but yes, TRUSTING each other a little more to “hold each other’s hearts”, to be real with each other.