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The Petition is adopted as amended as follows:
ΒΆ164 (I) Military Service
   
We deplore war and urge the peaceful settlement of all disputes between nations.   Though coercion, violence, and war are presthe ultimate sanctions in international relations, we reject them as incompatible with the gospel and spirit of Christ.   From the beginning, the Christian conscience has struggled with the harsh realities of violence and war, for these evils clearly frustrate God’s loving purposes for humankind.  We yearn for the day when there will be no more war and people will live together in peace and justice.  Some of us believe that war, and other acts of violence, are never acceptable to Christians.  We also acknowledge that many Christians believe that, when peaceful alternatives have failed, the force of arms may regretfully be preferable to unchecked aggression, tyranny, and genocide.  We honor the witness of pacifists who will not allow us to become complacent about war and violence.  We also respect those who support the use of force, but only in extreme situations and only when the need is clearly beyond reasonable doubt, and through appropriate international organizations.   We therefore  urge the establishment of the rule of law in international affairs as a means of elimination of war, violence, and coercion in these affairs.
    We reject national policies of enforced military service as incompatible with the gospel.  We acknowledge the agonizing tensions created by the demand for military service by national governments.  We urge all young adults to seek the counsel of the Church as they reach a conscientious decision concerning the nature of their responsibilities as citizens.  Pastors are called upon to be available for counseling with all young adults who face conscription or who are considering voluntary enlistment in the armed forces, including those who conscientiously refuse to cooperate with a system of conscription.
    We support and extend the ministry of the Church to those persons who conscientiously oppose all war, or any particular war, and who therefore refuse to serve in the armed forces or to cooperate with systems of military conscription.  We also support and extend the Church’s ministry to those persons who conscientiously choose to serve in the armed forces or to accept alternative service.  As Christians we are aware that neither the way of military action, nor the way of inaction is always righteous before God.