Posted by: smstrouse | November 10, 2012

The Aftermath: Sandy & Obama

There was a line in President Obama’s acceptance speech last week on which we absolutely must hold him (and all of our leaders) accountable: “We want our children to live in an America that isn’t threatened by the destructive power of a warming planet.”  

In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, the reality of climate change has flooded our national consciousness, hopefully as deeply as the waters of the New York Harbor have inundated the NYC subway tunnels. So have we finally gotten it? Are we at last willing to face the ‘inconvenient truth’ of a way of life that simply has to change?

I’m talking to myself as much as anyone else. Even when we know that our abuse of the planet is wrong and our continued consumption unsustainable, it’s hard to relinquish our privileged lifestyle. That’s why I’m so appreciative of the Season of Creation introduced into the church calendar back in 2004 as a way to theologically and liturgically to guide us into a way of confession and transformation – not through heavy-handed guilt tactics, but through spiritual reflection, growth –  and of course action.

But we also must hold our elected leaders accountable – as a matter of faith.  Despite President Obama’s inspiring words, he will be pressured from many directions to maintain the status quo.  So we must be a force to be reckoned with as well – a force for the good of the planet, for all people, for all of God’s good creation.

We can get involved in many ways:
at the personal level: as individuals and families, as we adjust to ‘living more simply so that others may simply live’
at the community level: as we advocate for the well-being of all our neighbors
at the congregational level: partnering with the interfaith community in cooperative projects

But let us not neglect the political level. In the aftermath of the devastation of Superstorm Sandy and the reelection of President Obama, may we hold all our elected leaders accountable to our will to heal the planet. May this be our mandate for the days ahead.



  1. I’m hopeful the President’s heart and mind are in the right place. It will take courageous citizens and leaders to turn our economy toward sustainability. Might I suggest a book that provides a new theological framework for moving in this direction. Go to:


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