Here is the chorus to “If I Stand”:
The profits from his tours and the sale of each album went to his church, which divided it up, paid Mullins the average salary in the U.S. for that year, and gave the rest to charity. Such is a situation is truly unheard and because of this, there could be no question about his character in this regard. I don’t think everyone needs to do that but that he did is inspiring — and beautiful to me.
I’ll leave you with one of his most notable quotes:
“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 about learning to love like Jesus loved and Jesus loved the poor and Jesus loved the broken…”
Thinking of these things tugs at my heart to leave the political world and become solely focused on people not as political beings but as the humanity that they are. I get tired of thinking of everything packaged inside legislation or sliding up and down some graph or chart. I’m sick of statistics and slick words and the corruption that resides in Washington. No matter how you slice it, it’s there to some degree. There are noble people here trying to improve the world the best they know how. But I can love people best in a different way and I look forward to the day when I don’t have to think about people and life and love and God from these perspectives at all.