Ragamuffin- The True Story of Rich Mullins is currently screening in churches nationwide. When I received the invitation to go I original thought this is another boring church movie just like the others I have seen before, commonly titled as “Be Like the Great -Whoever” and I hesitated to go. But I felt obligated to go since “People for Christ” were responsible for bringing it to our area. I have volunteered on numerous occasions for this organization and I felt like I need to support the event, at least with my attendance.
Ragamuffin Tells Rich Mullin’s Struggles throughout his Triumphs
Instead of telling me to become, the movie told me the story about a great guy who struggled with loneliness, depression, insecurities, alcoholism and a strong distaste for Contemporary Christian Music and “Good Weather Christians” throughout his life. Rich Mullins one of the greatest Christian contemporary singers (Awesome God) of our times wasn’t the picture perfect Christian and he never tried to be. All those issues I mentioned above were never resolved for him and yet he lived a life of service knowing that Jesus loved him, despite his shortcomings. Mullins died in a car accident in 1997 at the age of 41 years. He didn’t live a happy and joyful life. Rich Mullins also did not live a sacramental life for Jesus. He lived it because he couldn’t stand the life of a Christian pop star in Nashville.
It’s a Depressing Movie
The Ragamuffin movie is brilliantly depressing. There is no promise of a better life with Jesus. There is no comfort to the loneliness Rich Mullins experienced. I see no joy in his walk with Christ. There is no magically recovery from the alcohol struggle. And, most important Rich Mullins did not receive any real answers from the church people he openly questioned and offended. There is no solution and no call for help. Even if I wanted to do something about it, I wouldn’t know which action to take. Read another cool review right here.
Ragamuffin is Comforting
And yet, the movie is comforting me. Now I know there was actually a guy out there who felt as lost as me among Christians. And, if there are two, then there are others. Trying to be as real as I can get may not get me the response, I want, but it can provide some ease to those who think the same. I don’t have to have a sense of belonging in order to know Christ. And, I don’t have to hate me for my struggles and sins. I may never get the understanding of church people and that is OK.
Lessons from the Movie
The movie emphasizes the importance of telling people that you care, while they are still alive and while one still has a chance. I also was concerned about my parenting skills while watching this movie. Mullins dad was portrait as an discontented, overbearing and overcritical dad who was made responsible for Rich Mullins insecurities with other people as well as his depression.
Lastly I have met a few contemporary Christian bands and singers in my life. Maybe I need to look behind the music and look closer at the likes of Michael Gungor or even Todd Agnew. Maybe there is more to Jon Micah Sumrall (Kutless) smile or Michael Barnes (Red) roughness.
Ragamuffin Exclusively Available in Walmart on May 6
As for the Ragamuffin movie you may be still able to screen it at a church in your area. But it will be also exclusively available in Walmart on May 6, 2014. If you want to see a happy and uplifting movie, don’t border buying it. But if you want to see Christianity as real as it gets, this movie would be a great addition to your library.