Would Jesus approve of building new nuclear power stations or not?
The Bible doesn’t answer directly – but a peculiar trap set by Jesus’ enemies gives a strong hint.
In Matthew 22, Jesus is asked if it is OK to pay taxes to the Roman Emperor. That might sound obscure to us now, but in those days it was a very controversial and dangerous question.
To say yes would mean he was a traitor to his own Jewish people; to say no would risk the charge of treason.
Jesus’ reply is that we should give to God what is God’s and to Caesar what is Caesar’s. In other words, there are circumstances in which the payment of a controversial tax is permissible.
There is a parallel with our situation with nuclear power. In an ideal world, let’s not have it – the risks are too great.
However, we don’t live in an ideal world – sometimes choices have to be made that we would prefer to avoid.
Jesus was quite prepared to tackle such choices and face unpalatable decisions.
We have to as well – not just with nuclear power, but many aspects of our daily lives as well. May God bless us as we grapple with such choices.