Though nuclear weapons may seem to many like a danger from the last century, the legacy of the Cold War haunts our young millennium. More than 20,000 nuclear weapons still exist in the stockpiles of nine nations (Russia, US, China, UK, France, India, Pakistan, Israel, and North Korea), 95% of which belong to the US and Russia. The threat of increased nuclear proliferation exacerbates regional conflicts in Asia and the Middle East. And nuclear technology remains the holy grail of non-state groups who use terrorism as a tactic of war in an era of global powers.
The foreign policy establishment is increasingly raising the alarm that a world where nuclear weapons indefinitely exist is a world in which nuclear weapons will inevitably be used. Perilously few people, however, comprehend the magnitude of the danger presented by nuclear weapons. An annihilating exchange between nuclear superpowers has become less likely. But even a single nuclear terrorist attack in a major city would have devastating financial consequences worldwide. And new studies reveal that a limited nuclear war between regional rivals like India and Pakistan could have famine-inducing climatic effects touching a billion people around the world.
Though concern about the nuclear danger need not be theological, the comprehensive effects of a potential nuclear attack—spiritual, evangelistic, moral, physical, financial—must be a particular concern for disciples of Jesus Christ, and especially those dedicated to the global spread of the gospel.
Toward this end, the World Evangelical Alliance, representing 600 million Evangelical Christians worldwide, is glad to announce the formation of a Global Task Force on Nuclear Weapons, and to call for the application of interested individuals to serve on the Task Force. The Rev. Tyler Wigg-Stevenson, an American Baptist minister with expertise in the theology and ethics of post-Cold War nuclear weapons policy, will serve as Chairman of the Task Force.
The Task Force, comprised of 10-15 members, and representing each of the WEA’s seven regional bodies, will exist indefinitely and have the following three-fold mandate:
Task Force members will commit to:
Individual applications as well as recommendations are welcome. Interested parties should send a letter of introduction and a curriculum vitae to Task Force Chairman, Tyler Wigg-Stevenson (email@example.com), expressing their particular interest in the Task Force and any relevant background knowledge/experience. Task Force members will be selected by Rev. Wigg-Stevenson and Dr. Geoff Tunnicliffe, CEO of the World Evangelical Alliance.
For additional information, please see “The world threat of nuclear weapons, and the church’s role” in the Evangelical Review of Theology (vol. 34, no. 3, July 2010), pp 273-278 or contact Tyler Wigg-Stevenson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The World Evangelical Alliance is a global ministry working with local churches around the world to join in common concern to live and proclaim the Good News of Jesus in their communities. WEA is a network of churches in 128 nations that have each formed an Evangelical alliance and over 100 international organizations joining together to give a worldwide identity, voice and platform to more than 600 million Evangelical Christians. Seeking holiness, justice and renewal at every level of society—individual, family, community and culture, God is glorified and the nations of the earth are forever transformed. (http://worldevangelicals.org)