By David Muthukumar, Fuller Theological Seminary
The famous serenity prayer by the illustrious German theologian Reinhold Niebuhr reads, “God, give me / [us] grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, Courage to change the things which should be changed, and the Wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.” This prayer brings forth two aspects of human life: things that are beyond human intervention and things that demand human intervention and hence to seek divine grace and wisdom to discern and live in this world. While we have no control over what Heidegger called the “thrownness” (Geworfenheit) into this world, there are things that require our attention and action that will establish our existence as God intended spiritual/moral agents in this world. Economy is one area where we are supposed to exercise control over but unfortunately we have succumbed to the dictates of the market forces instead.
This paper was a finalist in the Intersect Project Ph.D. Student Challenge Symposium. The symposium facilitated broader discussion in the church and academy about the intersection of faith, work and economics.