(This is a April’s Fools joke. Obama would never say this, unfortunately).
I was really discouraged when I heard about the new IPCC report, which shows that unless we change our lifestyle quickly we will be heading for disaster that will kill and damage millions of people, especially in poor countries. However, I was very pleased to see President Barack Obama’s response to the report; firstly because he acknowledge that a quick lifestyle change is necessary, and secondly because he referred to Jesus Christ when seeking for inspiration for this lifestyle change. The Guardian reports:
“What we now have is a massive environmental crisis that requires urgent action,” Obama told reporters. “My meeting with pope Francis the other day reminded me of the simplicity and charity of Jesus of Nazareth, a person that is of great inspiration not only to me personally but to millions of other Americans. Christians, of course, but also Muslims, Hindus, and non-believers.”
The president argued that Jesus lived “environmentally friendly” by using a sail boat and his mere feet as means of transport, creating food and other resources out of thin air and commanding the rich to sell everything they have and give the money to the poor. Likewise, Obama said that the United States must end its consumer culture, quickly reduce its emmissions and increase its aid to developing countries.
“If everyone lived like Americans do now, we would need five planets,” said Obama. “I will make an effort to end our use of fossil fuels, increasing our foreign aid budget ten-fold and creating a culture where we value spirituality and discipleship more than economic growth and warfare. So help me God.”
Wow. Just wow. I thought it was cool enough when the pope turned out to be a Jesus hippie, but now Obama as well? Praise the Lord! Pray that others also will realize how urgent the IPCC’s message is so we stop joking around and actually do what Jesus would have done – turning the tables of consumerism into simplicity and replacing environmental destruction with creation care.