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Resolution On Peacemaking

WHEREAS, In the great Judeo-Christian tradition there is the ancient prophet’s vision of world peace, of beating swords into plowshares and spears into pruninghooks, and

WHEREAS, Our Savior Jesus Christ is called the Prince of Peace and is the key to the prophetic vision of peace, and

WHEREAS, The Bible teaches that Christians are to be peacemakers and are to “follow after the things which make for peace” (Romans 14:19), and

WHEREAS, The Southern Baptist Convention in 1978 voted its conviction that multilateral nuclear arms control is an essential ingredient in peacemaking, and

WHEREAS, The current Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty appears to be a responsible step in the direction of checking nuclear arms proliferation without which an arms race of unparalleled dimensions would seem certain to occur, thus bringing our world closer to the brink of nuclear holocaust,

Therefore be it RESOLVED, That we communicate with the members of the United States Senate our strong support for responsible multilateral nuclear arms control and urge ratification of the current treaty as basically a step in the direction of multilateral arms control, and

Be it further RESOLVED, That we communicate to our elected representatives our concern that in the future greater strides in multilateral nuclear arms reduction be taken, and

Be it further RESOLVED, That we commit ourselves to support nuclear arms control with prayer and with an educational emphasis among Southern Baptists which will seek to clarify the moral dimensions of this important world issue and to support the vital Christian ministry of peacemaking.