NEW YORK — In speaking to reporters about the upcoming release of his compilation of devotionals written for Hillary Clinton throughout her presidential candidacy, Bill Shillady revealed that Clinton is now considering preaching on occasion as a layperson.
Shillady, who serves as the executive director of the United Methodist City Society and identifies as the pastor of the Clinton family, told reporters this past week that he emailed devotionals to Clinton every day from the time that she announced her candidacy. The devotionals have been compiled into a book entitled “Strong for a Moment Like This,” scheduled to be released on Aug. 15.
“It was really just a movement of the Spirit,” Shillady claimed to the News & Observer. “I didn’t know how difficult the campaign was going to be, or how contentious. I just thought it would help her to have a Scripture, and a meditation on that Scripture, and a prayer each day.”
“She knows the Bible remarkably well, and I think she knows what passages to turn to when she needs inspiration or solace,” he also told CNN. “She reads her Scripture every day. That, for her, is a practice of spiritual discipline. She told me that my email was the first she opened every day and and it helped keep her grounded and centered.”
He said that since losing the presidential election, Clinton has been taking walks in the woods and spending time thinking and praying. When asked if she might be led to the pulpit next, Shillady said that Clinton had actually mentioned that possibility to him.
He noted that United Methodists have a practice of allowing laypersons to speak, and that Clinton is considering that option.
“We were having a photo shoot for the book and chatting about preaching and she said, ‘Bill, I think I’d like to preach,'” Shillady outlined. “In United Methodism, there’s a tradition of having lay people preach from the pulpit, and I think she’s going to look at occasionally doing that and sharing the good news without it being a politically charged environment.”
He further advised on Fox News on Sunday that Clinton will not be seeking ordination.
“She knows her Methodist history. She would be a good expositor of the Bible,” Shilladay opined to the News & Observer. “The way she has advocated for the disenfranchised and the poor in our nation stems from her Methodist upbringing and her understanding of the Methodist heritage of being a member of society and caring for others. And talk about life experience. She could write her own book about that.”
However, many opposed Clinton during the presidential election because her pro-homosexual, pro-abortion beliefs run contrary to the word of God.
“In a nutshell, here’s why I cannot vote for Hillary Clinton,” wrote Bryan Ridenour in 2014 on his blog “America, Look Up.” “I hate the radical departure from holiness that our country continues to take, all while people stand by and cheer our ‘progress.’ God loathes homosexuality (not the homosexual) and yet many in America embrace homosexual marriage. Is God pleased? Ask Sodom and Gomorrah.”
“We slaughter over one million babies per year in the womb. The number’s staggering. Are Christians supposed to remain mum about this tragic court approved holocaust? Is God pleased if we just look the other way? Is God pro-choice?” he asked. “When a candidate idolizes Margaret Sanger and is a darling of Emily’s List, Conservatives need to run, not walk, in the other direction.”