Leaders with the National Association of Evangelicals are calling for reductions in the world’s nuclear weapons.

The group’s board of directors, which represents more than 45,000 local churches from over 40 different denominations, approved a resolution at its semiannual meeting in October encouraging the reductions as well as ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.

The treaty, adopted by the United Nations in 1996, calls for a ban of all nuclear explosions though it has yet to be fully ratified.

The resolution comes on the 25th anniversary of the Reykjavik summit between President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, the group notes.

“The rules have changed in the past 25 years,” said Leith Anderson, NAE president and senior pastor at Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie. “Nuclear weapons don’t serve as a deterrent to the dangers of our post-Cold War era, which include rogue nations and terrorist groups. We must re-engage the dialogue on nuclear peace and security for the sake of our world.”

The NAE resolution, titled “Nuclear Weapons,” states, “We renew our call and pledge our support to national leaders who adopt policies and pursue negotiations that will contribute to peace, freedom and security at home and abroad, giving particular attention to the threats posed by nuclear weapons.”



The Rev. Leith Anderson

The Rev. Leith Anderson