There’s not much more improving literature than the Bible, and one benefit of spending years as a Catholic Charismatic and Pentecostal is a familiarity with the New Testament.
As far as Ayn Rand, I’m going to have to get the Cliff Notes version so I can get a handle on our new Vice Pres candidate, Paul Ryan.
Some of my best friends are atheists, and some are Christians, and some are Unitarians which gives you the option of following Christian principles while being atheist– not as strange in practice at that might sound to the devout.
I have a harder time picturing how you can be Christian while following a philosophy of extreme individualism.
Here’s Jesus speaking to the multitude, Gospel of Luke, KJV…
10: And the people asked him, saying, What shall we do then?
11: He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise.
There’s a pretty consistent message in the Gospels of sharing with those in need rather than building up wealth– and a promise that the future is in God’s hands.
This is very far from the world, and nowhere in the Gospels does Jesus disparage the poor.
It’s not realistic to expect any of our politicians to follow these principles– Jesus set a very high bar and most of us just try to do a little better than we would without these words to nudge our conscience.
But how do you reconcile Ayn Rand and Jesus? That’s what I want to ask Paul Ryan.