“God’s reconciliation in Jesus Christ is the ground of the peace, justice, and freedom among nations which all powers of government are called to serve and defend. The church, in its own life, is called to practice the forgiveness of enemies and to commend to the nations as practical politics the search for cooperation and peace. This search requires that the nations pursue fresh and responsible relations across every line of conflict, even at risk to national security, to reduce areas of strife and to broaden international understanding. Reconciliation among nations becomes peculiarly urgent as countries develop nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons, diverting their manpower and resources from constructive uses and risking the annihilation of mankind. Although nations may serve God’s purposes in history, the church which identifies the sovereignty of any one nation or any one way of life with the cause of God denies the Lordship of Christ and betrays its calling.” (Book of Confessions, The Confession of 1967, 9.45)
Following the lead of this historic confession of faith, and in concert with numerous actions of our General Assemblies calling for peace throughout the world and reduction in hostile relations between the U.S. and Iran, we applaud the signing of the accord reached between the United States and the government of Iran regarding use and control of nuclear energy, especially as that relates to the production of nuclear weapons.
We fully understand the hurdles that remain in making these agreements a reality, given the role of the U.S. Congress and the leaders of the nation of Iran; nonetheless, we give thanks for the immense effort that has been invested by all parties over months, days, and hours in crafting these agreements.
The Reverend Gradye Parsons
Stated Clerk of the General Assembly
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
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