Do you remember what you were doing on Nov. 9, 2016? That was the day immediately after the presidential election that Hillary Clinton lost to Donald Trump in possibly the most historically consequential political outcome in recent memory. The impact of Trump's election shocked both his supporters and opponents alike, albeit for very different reasons, and it seemed as if everyone had an opinion. Including, as it turns out, Hillary Clinton's pastor, who emailed her to share his thoughts on her situation the morning after her political career effectively came to an end.
Although Trump's decidedly awkward attempts to present himself as a Christian may have drawn more attention than Clinton's comments about her faith ― and although he explicitly, falsely insisted there was "nothing out there" in public about her religious beliefs ― it's something she was pretty willing to talk about during the campaign season.
Clinton is a Methodist, a fact she semi-regularly mentioned while on the campaign trail. Her pastor is Reverend Bill Shillady, who's been involved with the family in many respects; he co-officiated Chelsea Clinton's wedding in 2010, and led the memorial for Dorothy Rodham, Hillary's mother, in 2011. Below are seven lines from his email to Clinton, reassuring her following her Electoral College loss.
1. Sunday Is Coming
2. The Day That Everything Fell Apart
3. We All Have Fridays
4. In The Tragic Loss
5. A New Day Was On The Way
6. Hope Will Be Restored
7. It Might Be Hell For A While
Some of Clinton's critics have balked at the fact that her pastor's email so explicitly likens her story and her loss to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the savior and central figure of the Christian faith.
That said, however, it's not unusual for Christian pastors to sermonize about the events of modern-day life by drawing contrast with the history of Christianity, and example from Christ. And, as a letter sent from a pastor to a parishioner ― albeit a very high-profile one ― the fact that it's very personally addressed comes as little surprise.