Not everyone is going to agree with you all the time, and when you are a Pastor of over 9,000 congregants, you are certainly going to ruffle some feathers, but Pastor Rudy Rasmus is a Pastor for a love revolution and believes that all should be created and treated equally. He comes from this notion of life experience, observation, fairness, a sense of rightness and deep feeling of beliefs he has carried with him since he was a child. We connected with Pastor Rudy on every single level and in every single way. It was synergy at the first handshake, and being in his presence feels like the hand of God is cradling you in warmth, especially when he smiles at you and tells you his story with his wonderful smooth tone he carries from deep in his soul.
Pastor Rudy Rasmus
Pastor Rudy was born in Houston in the projects, but his family moved to Dallas when his father became a Republican and started a Venture Capital firm that was backed by Ross Perot. Rudy went from a poor black neighborhood to living in an all white high rise building in Dallas and attending an all white school. This was during the 60’s when he had come from still drinking out of separate water fountains in Houston and had segregated his school in Dallas.
For the first two years, Rudy ate lunch by himself, played by himself and he got to observe and realized that there were risks for white kids to be his friends. During this time, he learned that white people were different in how they processed excess and he learned how privilege worked. He often wondered what were they afraid of, and he realized that fear was taught. This was when he started to search for what he deemed the ‘normal’ people. Those that had more than one friend of many races and ethnicities.
Graduating High School at 16 and college at 19, Rudy had some severe ADHD, but that didn’t stop him from taking things he had learned from his father and starting a business in Houston that he ran for years. It was in 1985 that his wife, Juanita, began to get him to go to Church with her. For years she said Psalms I, II and III and inserted his name in them, hoping he would see the light, but Rudy had to do things in his own time and his own way. In 1990, a guy from the church invited him to Bible Study, and he went for a year. One day at the end of that year he had come from Church to work, and one of the guys at work looked at him and told him he looked different. That was the day that he realized his consciousness woke up.
Pastor for a Love Revolution
When Pastor Rudy Rasmus had the wake-up call, he began to think about the impact his actions had on other people lives and he walked away from his family business, and he and his wife offered to help expand the church downtown. And that was when it all started for Pastor Rudy Rasmus. Pastor Rudy Rasmus is not your traditional Pastor. He embraces everyone. It doesn’t matter what you look like on the outside, who you love, what religion you practice or what your political views are. He is a Pastor for a love revolution and believes that those that don’t agree with him can find plenty of places to pray at that will agree with their philosophies.
When being a Pastor for a love revolution, Pastor Rudy gives this advice:
- Keep your eyes open – whoever you meet in the first 30 seconds is the authentic person. This is who you see.
- Don’t take any wooden nickels. Beware of counterfeit relationships, people, expressions, and trust what feel because feelings don’t lie.
- If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Pastor Rudy describes his wife as seeing the good in people and himself as seeing the whole person. The difference? He recognizes people as flawed, and he tells it like it is. He wants to show other ministers that being a Pastor for a Love Revolution is another way, a different way. He sees the church changing, but Pastor Rudy Rasmus summed it up beautifully with this passage and explanation.
Whoever is without sin throw the first stone. (John 8:7) There are few people that can throw that first stone. We need to all put the stones down before we hurt someone.