President Barack Obama’s spiritual adviser, Joel Hunter, may be losing his footing in conservative evangelical circles where he was once supported. His continued connection to the commander in chief, despite major social and political rifts, may be a driving reason for the loss of support that Hunter, 65, is experiencing.
Most recently, it was reported that the preacher has paid the price for his move away from conservative politics: His house of worship, Northland Church in Longwood, Fla., has lost an estimated 10 percent of its congregants.
Looking back at Hunter’s history, it may be understandable why his more moderate stances and his work with Obama would create some angst among more conservative church members. If you’ll recall, the faith leader made waves back in April of 2012 when he questioned the practicality of total subsidiarity — that is, a small-government policy that employs smaller, private institutions in tending to the needs of citizens, looking to the government as an overarching last resort.