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“I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live.”  Deuteronomy 30:19

The resolution rightly recognizes that our security does not rest in a massive buildup of nuclear weapons. Rather we must look more broadly at human security, ensuring that all people everywhere have basic needs met and enjoy dignity of life.

The Lord spoke these words through Moses to the Israelites as they were getting ready to leave the wilderness and move into the Promised Land. The choice before them was clear: obey God and enjoy the abundance of life or turn away from God.

Throughout our lives, we face this choice over and over again. Will we choose life or death? Will we love God, or turn away? Will we love others, or turn away?

As a nation, we also face this choice. Lawmakers on Capitol Hill make decisions and annually allocate billions of dollars that can support life or lead to death.

Reps. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) and Dan Lungren (R-Calif.) have introduced a resolution that seeks to turn weapons that could bring great harm into programs that nurture healthy lives.

The Global Security Priorities Resolution (H. Res. 1045) calls on the president to work with Russia to reduce the total number of deployed nuclear weapons to 1,000. This would produce a savings of $13 billion per year for the United States, money that would be re-directed to nuclear nonproliferation programs, as well as to global child survival and nutrition programs.

The resolution rightly recognizes that our security does not rest in a massive buildup of nuclear weapons. Rather we must look more broadly at human security, ensuring that all people everywhere have basic needs met and enjoy dignity of life.

This is the type of security to which God calls us—one rooted in right relationships with God and with each other. In the end, it is much more sustainable and enduring than security based on weapons systems.

Some may argue that the resolution still allows for too many nuclear weapons in the world. And indeed we must press toward the goal of eliminating such harmful weapons altogether.

But this resolution is a significant step in the right direction, and one which deserves our support. Encourage your representative to co-sponsor H. Res. 1045. (See a list of current co-sponsors)

“Choose life, so that you and your descendants may live.” Let us make choices today that will make it possible for future generations to experience the abundance of life.

Posted: 7/18/2008

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