Stated Clerk applauds signing of U.S.-Iran nuclear accord

July 14, 2015


God’s reconciliation in Jesus Christ is the ground of the peace, justice, and freedom among nations which all powers of government are called to serve and defend. The church, in its own life, is called to practice the forgiveness of enemies and to commend to the nations as practical politics the search for cooperation and peace. This search requires that the nations pursue fresh and responsible relations across every line of conflict, even at risk to national security, to reduce areas of strife and to broaden international understanding. Reconciliation among nations becomes peculiarly urgent as countries develop nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons, diverting their manpower and resources from constructive uses and risking the annihilation of mankind. Although nations may serve God’s purposes in history, the church which identifies the sovereignty of any one nation or any one way of life with the cause of God denies the Lordship of Christ and betrays its calling.” (Book of Confessions, The Confession of 1967, 9.45)

Following the lead of this historic confession of faith, and in concert with numerous actions of our General Assemblies calling for peace throughout the world and reduction in hostile relations between the U.S. and Iran, we applaud the signing of the accord reached between the United States and the government of Iran regarding use and control of nuclear energy, especially as that relates to the production of nuclear weapons.

We fully understand the hurdles that remain in making these agreements a reality, given the role of the U.S. Congress and the leaders of the nation of Iran; nonetheless, we give thanks for the immense effort that has been invested by all parties over months, days, and hours in crafting these agreements.

The Reverend Gradye Parsonspcusa seal
Stated Clerk of the General Assembly
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)


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  1. Reconciliation is never an easy path to follow. May God strenthen those who have worked so hard to craft this agreement. May they continue to look for Light and Love, Wisdom and Goodness in every level of future negotiations.

    by Christine Freeman

    July 16, 2015

  2. If everyone who has predicted the worst case future of this negotiation will share their investment returns by stock, over the past 30 years, to prove just how good a predictor of the absolute unknown is, and you have surpassed my record by an appreciable percentage, you will have earned my respect. Otherwise, and until then you will remain in the backwash of sky is falling nay sayers who predicted that the U.S. Government would become the footman of the Vatican when JFK was elected. That the world would come to an end when the Civil Rights legislation was passed, that the path to Communism was blazed when Nixon went to China, and on and on and on...The absolute lack of Faith in God represented on this blog is heart breaking. God will win, regardless of your political views and aspirations. Have faith that God knows more than you do. Our military and intelligence services are up to any challenge this represents. History is on the side of peace. God is on the side of peace. Jesus is the prince of peace. Give peace a chance.

    by Ross

    July 15, 2015

  3. I feel making deals with the devil is always a bad idea. Sad to see the liberals in this group support this endeavor.

    by Jim Perry

    July 15, 2015

  4. Only time will tell that this was a very bad deal... "An evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things." Matthew 12:35

    by Tom Mayvaian

    July 15, 2015

  5. I celebrate our denomination's commitment to the hard work of peace building through diplomacy. I give thanks for the persistence of negotiators, in their commitment to seek outcomes that respect the rights and interests of all. I join many people from across the church in offering prayers today that the agreement reached will open doors for God's work of reconciliation, after decades of enmity. bringing the world closer to God's plan for peace on earth. May it be so.

    by Don Mead

    July 14, 2015

  6. Thank you, Mr. Stated Clerk, for reminding us of God's call to peace and reconciliation. There are, indeed, hurdles. Besides the leaders that still must ratify this agreement, there are also the as yet undisclosed details: the benchmarks that must be met in the next several years. Thank you for reminding us, especially in uncertain and challenging times, that no matter the challenges we must still seek and promote peace-making over violence- and war-making.

    by Rev. Eric Ledermann

    July 14, 2015

  7. Respectfully, the Stated Clerk ought to show some humility and recognize that many who know more than he see this deal as a threat to peace. Appeasement of a brutal regime is nothing to celebrate. Remember, this is a nation that sponsors terror, puts gays to death and calls for the destruction of Israel. And like you, they are celebrating this deal in their streets. Please stop being a cheerleader for President Obama. I am tired of my denomination being more political than theological.

    by Todd Capitano

    July 14, 2015

  8. The proposed agreement ignores the advice of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Gen Martin Dempsey, when it ends the current Iranian arms embargo in five years and the ballistic missile technology embargo in eight years. At first glance, the agreement will do two things: delay Iran's acquisition of nuclear warheads by ten years and assure they achieve it after that. Experts reviewing the proposal have coined a descriptive phrase: the best bad deal we could get. I'll reserve judgment until I have more time to study the details, but initially, I think this is a fatally flawed arms agreement. The hard thing in negotiations is to walk away from a bad deal. Tome Walters Lieutenant General, USAF (Ret) Also Ruling Elder, FPC Seguin, TX

    by Tome Walters

    July 14, 2015

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