April 8, 2010
There is no plausible reason for the United States and Russia to maintain the massive nuclear arsenals that were built and deployed for a conflict which is now two decades past. The new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) signed today by Presidents Obama and Medvedev is therefore a welcome development. It is also a step toward both nations¹ obligation under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty to pursue in good faith the total elimination of nuclear weapons.
Knowing the almost unimaginable destructiveness of nuclear weapons, which would have consequences for the whole family of God in the world and reach far beyond the immediate context of any conflict, we hope that the New START will be only the beginning of an ongoing process of continued arms reductions, increased transparency and trust between two great powers, and the standing down of nuclear forces that have no need to be on high alert.
God's written word urges us "that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone, for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and truth," and says further that such prayer "is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth." (1 Timothy 2:1-3, NIV) We therefore pray for the American and Russian legislatures, which will now vote on the ratification of the treaty signed by Presidents Obama and Medvedev. We pray too that Christians worldwide would respond to the opportunity of stability with a rekindled passion to proclaim the truth of the gospel of the crucified Lord Jesus Christ, whose sacrifice alone offers eternal security, and in whose kingdom only is found true peace.