The Atlantic reports that former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton might be looking to become a pastor after losing to President Donald Trump in 2016. Or at least this is what she told her longtime pastor, Reverent Bill Shillady, at a recent photo shoot for his new book of daily devotionals written for Clinton during her campaign for president.
This upcoming fall, two books are expected to be released. The first is “What Happened,” which is Clinton’s personal account of the election authored by the former presidential candidate herself. The second is “Strong for a Moment Like This," which is Rev. Bill Shillady’s book of devotionals. Every morning, Shillady reportedly got up at 4 a.m. to pick out a bit of Scripture and write a short devotional for Clinton to use throughout the day.
This happened for approximately one year. And during this time, as Clinton was reading these daily devotionals, she reportedly expressed interested in ministry. The Atlantic writes that scattered bits of reporting suggest that ministry has been a secret dream of the former presidential candidate. As far back as 1994, Clinton apparently told her pastor that it had been a longtime dream of hers to become an ordained Methodist minister.
“Now, as Clinton works to rehabilitate her public image and figure out the next steps after her brutal November loss, religion is taking a central role,” writes Emma Green for The Atlantic.
Clinton’s pastor claims that the former presidential candidate’s Methodist faith has always been a guiding influence in her life. And now, she might make it a more significant part of her public career.
“It’s been there all along,” Shillady said. “The general public didn’t necessarily want to accept the fact that she’s a Christian because there’s so many critics out there about the Clintons.”
This news comes in the aftermath of Hillary Clinton’s failed run for president, where she was unable to persuade Americans that she was trustworthy. Indeed, Clinton had a difficult time convincing Christians that she was authentic and trustworthy. From her belief that women should have free and total access to abortions to her derogatory remarks about the the Catholic Church, many Christians were thoroughly unimpressed and unconvinced.
Many of Clinton’s direct remarks about religion, too, seemed to suggest an anti-religious attitude on her part. Or at the very least, they seemed to suggest a politically progressive Christianity. In fact, leaked emails during the campaign revealed that Clinton had planned to pressure the Catholic Church to change its social teachings through the creation of organizations with “Catholic” in their name that have as their cause the promotion of liberal ideology in opposition to their bishops.
“Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will,” remarked Clinton during the campaign according to the Atlantic. “And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs, and structural biases have to be changed.”
In the aftermath of Clinton’s defeat in 2016, it will be interesting to see where her public career goes. If her pastor is correct, she could possibly begin preaching.
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