Two historical precedents worth considering:
- In 1921 SDA leadership sent President Harding a letter supporting his efforts toward arms reduction (see pp. 105-107 in The Peacemaking Remnant).
- In 1987 Neal C. Wilson, then church President, spoke against nuclear arms at a forum in Moscow (Adv Peace Fellowship).
Given our growing personal partisan commitments, is it still possible for church leaders–for example, Neal Wilson’s son–to make such statements today? Do leaders have the motivation, courage and support to make public statements in favor of the general goals of nuclear arms reduction? Or would they be overrun with accusations of meddling in politics or even crossing the line in supporting the Democratic party since a Democrat President advocated for the New START agreement?
This is in reference to the treaty that was signed last April, ratified in the US in December, came into effect in February, and effectively resulted in new inspections commencing yesterday.