Newly Uncovered Email Reveals the Roots of Hillary Clinton's 'Progressive' Christianity
On Friday morning, CNN published an email Hillary Clinton's pastor, the Rev. Bill Shillady, sent her on November 9, 2016 — the day after she lost the election to Donald Trump. In that email, Shillady compared Clinton's loss to Jesus' death on the cross, equating her political defeat to the death of the man Christians consider God incarnate.
"It is Friday, but Sunday is coming," Shillady began, using a metaphor attributed to Tony Campolo, a pastor and former spiritual adviser to Bill Clinton. The email was written on a Wednesday, but he used the Friday metaphor to connect Clinton's loss with Jesus' death. "While Good Friday may be the starkest representation of a Friday that we have, life is filled with a lot of Fridays."
"For the disciples and Christ's followers in the first century, Good Friday represented the day that everything fell apart," Shillady continued. "All was lost. The momentum and hope of a man claiming to be the Son of God, the Messiah who was supposed to change everything, had been executed."
The disciples scattered. "Even though Jesus had told his followers three days later the temple would be restored, they had no idea of what that Sunday would be," Clinton's pastor wrote. "They betrayed, denied, mourned, fled and hid. They did just about everything BUT feel good about Friday and their circumstances."
Shillady explained, "For us, Friday is the phone call from the doctor that the cancer is back. It's the news that you have lost your job. It's the betrayal of a friend, the loss of someone dear. Friday is the day that it all falls apart and all hope is lost. We all have Fridays. But, as the saying goes, 'Sunday's coming!'"
Hillary's religious adviser got explicitly political. "Your Friday is what happened in the last few weeks and last night in the tragic loss," he wrote. "But Sunday is coming!"
This reference to "Sunday" alluded to Jesus' resurrection from the dead on Easter Sunday. As Shillady wrote, "While death had seemingly won, Jesus knew better. When he said, 'It is finished,' it wasn't meant to be a statement of concession. It was a declaration that a new day was on the way."
"Sunday is coming. Death will be shattered. Hope will be restored," he wrote. "But first, we must live through the darkness and seeming hopelessness of Friday."
Shillady concluded, "God doesn't close one door without opening another, but it can be hell in the hallway." Then he explicitly compared Trump to that hell. "You, our nation, our world is experiencing a black Friday. Our hope is that Sunday is coming. But it might well be hell for a while."