The whole Ayn Rand thing at best confuses me and at worst devastates me.My Dad used to say – referring to certain life choices – “Maybe it’s a good way to live but it’s a mighty poor way to die.” He believed that poor life choices resulted in a straight shot to hell in the afterlife. I’m more likely to believe that poor choices can make this life hellish. The kingdom of heaven begins now and we are called to serve in such a way that God’s will is done now – on earth as it is in heaven.
So, when Christians express appreciation, if not devotion, to the teachings of Ayn Rand, it wrecks me a little bit. I would rather people be indifferent to Jesus than espouse objectivism.
Ayn Rand: “My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life . . .” (from Atlas Shrugged)
Jesus: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.” “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (quoting Deuteronomy 6:4 and Leviticus 19:18)
17th Century Protestants: Q. 1. What is the chief end of humanity?
A. Humanity’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy God forever. (from The Westminster Shorter Catechism)
Greed is not good. Living for myself is wrong. Money is not the barometer of our virtue. Following Jesus is the best way to live. So there. Call me a fool.