An art exhibit was being held showing art pieces featuring currency. Three men, at different points in time, walked by and looked at a painting of a United States one dollar bill that focused on the "In God We Trust" printed on the bill.
The first man said, "I am so proud of the Christian roots of this country, that we would show our faith even on our currency." This man felt justified and quickly moved on to the next piece of art and upon leaving the museum, went back to his life as usual.
The second man said, "Money is the root of all evil, the United States dollar reflects the hypocrisy of the American capitalistic system." This man also felt justified and quickly moved on to the next piece of art and upon leaving the museum, went back to his life as usual.
The third man, an inquisitive type, thought of the past, present and future of the featured symbolism:
"Currency has been important for the human economy, we need representative value to be able to calculate abstract economic gains, losses, and worth.
God has been important, is still important, and will continue to be important in baseline human culture.
The American forefathers were considerate of both of these facts.
However, as a Jew/Christian/Muslim myself, when utilizing currency, which has no value outside of the trust of value we place in it; what are we trusting? Does this statement infer that God is money?
Or that money is God?"
This man did not stir from this concept as it rocked him to his core as a believing Jew/Christian/Muslim. He had to be ushered out by the art museum staff.
To this day, no one knows what became of him.