Sacrifice

Sacrifice
Is slow as a funeral procession
In rush-hour traffic, the sort of word
Other words pass, honking…–Jeanne Walker Murray

I have been exploring the idea of sacrifice from a Christian and Objectivist perspective. Both seem clear and diametrically opposed. Objectivist sacrifice, subjecting something of greater value to something of lesser value, is a vice. Eugene Peterson said this about Christian sacrifice:

Sacrifice is to faith what eating is to nutrition; it is the action that we engage in that is transformed within ourselves invisibly and unobserved into a life lived in responsive obedience to the living God who gives himself to and for us, sacrifices himself for us… It does not result in less joy, less satisfaction, less fulfillment, but in more–but rarely in ways we expect.

Is there common ground here between Objectivism and Christianity? How do we reconcile these two worldviews, if there is such a reconciliation? I’m interested in your thoughts.

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