Oh, now, this one... this one is interesting.
I seriously cracked myself up pairing it with the image of the US dollar's inscription IN GOD WE TRUST. #irony
Here is the complete chapter:
This makes me think, quite a bit, about our current presidential candidates and economic situation in the US. Several candidates promote quite sincerely that their ability to acquire wealth in this life makes them qualified to lead our country. Indeed, it is their wealth that enables them to even run for office. Perhaps they will enable the country to be better off financially (I seriously doubt it)... but that has little to do with justice or lasting goodness. The verses remind me not to be afraid when people boast about their wealth. Wealth means nothing to God. Why should it matter to me? The wealthy and the poor will perish--the wise and stupid likewise.
Understanding, however, is held in higher regard. Understanding of what, however, isn't specified here... but I doubt it is the understanding of how to manipulate the economic system. It is more likely the understanding of people, of God's ways, of justice. (Justice in the sense of goodness, not retribution.)
Sanders, in particular, looks at the economic gap in this country and calls it out for the greedy system it is. Not sure how bad that gap is? Watch this (which is probably outdated by now anyway):
And while I see a true push for justice in his political stance, I have to note too, that he may be manipulating our fear of being left out, held down, and voiceless.
None of this, though, should cause me to fear.
Some people come at politics from a religious viewpoint like this and decide not to vote or to be involved in the political process whatsoever. However, I like a phrase I picked up in my reading somewhere called fearless engagement. I'll have to reflect more upon this later, and I'll try to find the link to the article I read about it. But for now, I'd like to foster in myself, and encourage in others, a fearless engagement that is based on understanding, not ignorance, and is rooted in a love of others.