by Archbishop Council Nedd II
In post-election post-mortem mode, many so-called Christian conservatives wonder why President Obama won so decisively. They similarly scratch their heads over same-sex marriage victories in Maryland and Maine and defeated pro-life candidates in states once thought to be reliably conservative.
I contend everyone has lost focus on the modern relationship between politics and faith.
The moral vacuum created by a declining faith benefits liberal politicians and policies.
In the final days, I became too vested in the recent election. I began believing the election of the wrong person would immediately and adversely affect my life. This is just not true.
While I disagree with Obama’s vision and find his logic on the economy, health care and foreign policy to be flawed, I don’t believe his reelection will immediately lead to the chronically ill dying in the streets for lack of health care. Fortune 500 companies will not vanish into thin air right away. I sleep confident that I won’t awake to a North Korean invasion imagined in the remake of “Red Dawn.”
But there are serious issues our nation must address, and my daily prayer is that President Obama permits the Lord to work in his heart to find the solutions. The nation won’t collapse overnight, but a prolonged decline will undoubtedly make things a lot more uncomfortable.
Yet I still remain firmly convinced our nation will endure. Why do I stand fast in this belief? I do so because, from America’s founding through today, our fate has rested on the shoulders of Jesus Christ.
The Lord made His face to shine on our great land. There are still so many signs He has not removed his favor from us.
Conservatives seem to have forgotten his divine presence. That’s a mistake.
I support Tea Party advocates bringing good economic issues to the forefront of America’s political discourse. I fear, however, their efforts may suffer the same fate as the Whigs in the mid-19th century. Focused on economic matters, the Whigs did not seriously address slavery, the crucial social issue of the day. They eventually found themselves cast into political obscurity and now are only a political curiosity from America’s past.
Tea Party activists embrace tax reform without readily accepting that wealth is a gift from God, from whom all blessings flow. Seeking the gift without acknowledging and honoring the gift-giver is selfish secularism. Unabated, this will either end in people worshiping wealth as a false idol or encourage the notion that God is no longer necessary.
Separating faith and morality from the governing process secures a liberal agenda.
Many conservative friends from my former political life readily admit they do not regularly attend church. They claim offense at billboards mocking God and similar rhetorical jabs from liberals, agnostics and atheists, but they don’t exactly live a Godly lifestyle themselves. They protest elements of Islam being integrated into mainstream America, but they will not profess their own faith.
It’s not really a tenable position. There is not enough guile in my body to criticize the religious beliefs of others while making no attempt to practice my own.
After deciding I was too vested in this election, I determined my role is to pray I am a good citizen in God’s kingdom. I must focus on the job that He has for me. I also pray others realize where their true focus should be.
Obama and Romney chose to strive to reach the pinnacle of a modern day Tower of Babel. Billions of dollars were spent in a feeble attempt to glimpse the face of God. The result reminded me of something one of my political mentors told me almost 20 years ago. Romney could have spent one dollar on his presidential campaign and achieved the exact same result.
As God spoke to Solomon, one of the most wise and wealthiest humans ever to live: “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
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Archbishop Council Nedd II, a member of the national advisory council of the Project 21 black leadership network, is the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Missionary Church and the chairman of In God We Trust. Comments may be sent to Project21@nationalcenter.org .
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Bishop Council Nedd II
Global Religious Leader t Public Policy Influencer t Conservative Voice t International Healthcare Strategist & Educator
Global Religious Leader
In 2005 Bishop Nedd became the youngest bishop in the world, and in 2010, the youngest archbishop in the world. As Archbishop of the Episcopal Missionary Church, Bishop Nedd presided over Anglican churches in the United States, South Africa, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). During 2011 while living in the UAE, Bishop Nedd had multiple private audiences with members of the royal family. One of the crowning achievements of his term as archbishop has been the successful rescue of an entire family of persecuted Syrian Christians, whom he helped establish asylum in Scotland. Bishop Nedd facilitated an unprecedented intercommunion agreement with the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and also led delegations to ecumenical dialogues with the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem and the Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land.
Public Policy Influencer
Bishop Nedd worked on Capitol Hill for three Members of Congress and the Republican National Committee. Because of his political acumen, he has made a name for himself as a crisis manager, a thorough investigator and connected health care strategist. After leaving Washington, he maintained contact with numerous Members of Congress who now serve as House committee chairs and United States Senators.
Every year, Bishop Nedd mails about 2.5 million Americans with updates about the left’s attempts to remove God from the fabric of American society. Additionally, about 100,000 petitions are delivered annually to Members of Congress from supporters of Bishop Nedd’s organization, In God We Trust.
Bishop Nedd can be heard regularly on talk radio and seen on national television, providing commentary on a wide range of public policy issues including health care, education, the war on terror and Islamic extremism, second amendment rights, the right to life, and religious freedom. His op-eds can be read regularly in various newspapers around the country, and he is a recognized conservative on social media, where he can often be found engaging his 50k followers on Twitter.
International Healthcare Strategist
An expert in health care policy, he worked as a health care strategist on the state, federal, and international level, pushing through and passing numerous initiatives. Bishop Nedd also successfully lobbied the World Health Organization, coordinating and directing a vast coalition effort to stop the spread of counterfeit and subtherapeutic prescription drugs in the developing world.
Bishop Nedd established a registry of parish nurses and, by hosting a series of workshops and utilizing electronic media, educated them on Medicare Part D. Through lecturing at civic organizations along the eastern seaboard, he has also been active in the campaign to eradicate Polio.
Bishop Nedd’s interest in education and young people led him to take a two-year sabbatical from the politics of Washington, to teach U.S. history and to establish and coach a policy debate team at a public charter high school in the nation’s capital. Bishop Nedd also helped establish a rugby team at another D.C. charter school, serving kids from underserved communities. Although no longer teaching, Bishop Nedd has provided scholarships to assist needy children, has established a primary school in Nairobi, Kenya, and even raised money to reopen and staff an orphanage in Abuja, Nigeria.
Despite all the demands on Bishop Nedd’s time, he still manages to preach at St. Alban’s Anglican Church in Pine Grove Mills, PA about 45 Sundays per year.