Wednesday, May 6, 2009

No Nukes for a Safer Tomorrow

Recently, I became a part of what I believe is one of the most important Christian movements in America. The Two Futures Project (2FP) is a non-partisan Christian movement seeking to abolish nuclear weapons from the face of the earth.  2FP does not call for America to disarm unilaterally, but rightly advocates for nuclear disarmament that is multilateral, verifiable, and irreversible.

As I stated at the official 2FP release, I believe nuclear weapons are unchristian. When necessary, wars should be fought by soldiers not declared on innocent civilians. Our God abhors the shedding of innocent blood. Nuclear weapons are only capable of widespread, indiscriminate killing and destruction of God's human and natural creation for generations to come. Furthermore, nuclear weapons are no longer an effective deterrant in a post 9/11 world. As nukes become more prevalent in our world, the chances of a terrorist gaining possession of one grows. And when a nation is attacked by a terrorist organization, there is often no one to bomb back.

Rather than unravel into a post of boring technicalities which you would almost certainly not read, I encourage you to digest the information on the website. (ALSO, WATCH THE VIDEO!) It is beautifully articulated by one of my best friends and the Director of 2FP, Tyler Wigg-Stevenson. Tyler has an incredible testimony that was recently published by Christianity Today and has done a wondrous job of outlining the path to a world free of nuclear weapons. His efforts have been endorsed by George Shultz, former Secretary of State under Ronald Reagan and Cold War architect, as well as John Stott, Leith Anderson, and Bill Hybels. You can also join this effort by signing on via the website. I strongly engourage you to do this.

While there are many hurdles that must be jumped to achieve this ambitious goal, a world free of nuclear weapons is possible. As Chuck Colson recently wrote in his BreakPoint column, we still have time to prevent nuclear disaster "but that commitment will only happen if the people insist on it. And for that, we need to be informed.” Take a moment to get informed, and then let me know what you think. 

(The 2FP website will answer many of your objections, so check it out first. Again, don't forget to watch the video.)


saintrage said...

I disagree with you on gay marriage, but the issue of environmentalism is a major common ground. Nuclear disarmament is another. You have exceptional courage addressing the issues that you do as a evangelical Christian. Your opinions seem to fly in the face of the old guard. There may be hope yet!

Brian said...

If you believe that nukes are unchristian, why would you advocate for anything other than the US (and any/every country who will listen) disarming immediately. Does our "enemies" keeping their nukes somehow make ours less unchristian?

Anonymous said...

I think I agree (in part) with what Brian is saying....

While I understand the need for disarmament - and applaud the US in its efforts to disarm those who do have and proliferate nukes...I always ask myself when I hear about it "Why would they do so, if we the US have not ourselves".

Jonathan Merritt said...


I think the process begins with a substantial reduction in our nuclear arsenal as a sign of good faith to the international community. I am not a policy expert so I don't claim to have the best strategy, but I do know that many policy experts (including a supermajority of all living former Secretary of States and National Security experts) believe it can be done and are working on the strategy.


dave said...

thanks for turning me on to this.