Henry S. Kuo is visiting assistant professor of theology and ethics at Greensboro College in Greensboro, North Carolina. He holds a Ph.D. in systematic and philosophical theology from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California; an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary; and an M.A. in Economics from the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research focuses on questions in ecclesiology, applied ethics (particularly business and legal ethics) and has published articles on the matter in Religions, the Journal of Religion and Business Ethics, and Interreligious Studies and Intercultural Theology. Alongside several projects, Henry is currently working on a book manuscript on deconstructing resistance and Reformed catholicity.
In our times when critical thought is suspect and even scientific facts have become articles of faith in need of defense, to play the double bind between the ethical and the political is the constant task Christians and others must continually engage in. This play contains serious risks, no doubt. What gives grace its generosity and generative capaciousness also makes it liable to be the locus of opportunism and oppression.
The Gospel of Mark’s beguiling beginning bids us to consider the dangers of beginnings. John the Baptist’s heralding of Jesus’s coming was not the finality of salvation, but merely a herald to its coming. In this light should we consider our works of bringing God’s salvation and liberation to the world. The work of justice and liberation is long and hard, and many of us will be called to herald it, to lay the groundwork for its eventual manifestation.