Recognizing the threat they pose to God's sovereignty and to the people and earth so loved by God, General Assemblies of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) have long addressed questions related to nuclear weapons.[PDF]
In 1969, the General Assembly called for the creation of a comprehensive treaty to ban tests of nuclear weapons. Such calls continued until the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty was opened for signatures in September 1996. The United States signed the CTBT that year. However, the Senate has failed to ratify the treaty. General Assemblies in 2000 and 2003 called for ratification of the treaty.
It appears that the Senate may be in a position to catch up to the church. It is estimated that 60 senators now support ratifying the treaty. President Obama and other leaders have shared visions of world without nuclear weapons and recognized that ratification of the CTBT is an important step toward making that vision real. A strong and sustained campaign propelled by followers of Jesus and other individuals from the grassroots can help make that happen.