Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has a secret dream of being an ordained Methodist pastor and has told her longtime pastor Bill Shillady about it, according to a report.
Former Newsweek editor Kenneth Woodward shared last fall that in 1994, Clinton had told him that she always thought about becoming a Methodist pastor but requested him not to write about it because it would make her appear "much too pious." During a recent photoshoot for Pastor Shillady's new book, Clinton also told him that she wanted to become a preacher, The Atlantic detailed.
Clinton's revelation about her desire to become a preacher came amidst her efforts to figure out her next move after she lost in the November presidential elections. The Atlantic suggested that she might have chosen to reveal that little secret because she no longer had to think about voters and was seeing an aspect of her life where she could win.
The two-time presidential candidate largely refrained from talking about her faith in public, as she had experienced being mocked because of it during her time as the First Lady. During her campaigns, she talked about prayer and faith sparingly. When she was asked, she generally used secular terms and expressions such as, "Do all the good you can, by all the means you can."
Pastor Shillady told The Atlantic that although Clinton will probably not go to the seminary or have a lay position with the Methodist church, she will most likely engage in "guest preaching." He added that her faith appeared to be stronger than before.
Reacting to the news about Clinton's revelation of her dream to become a preacher, Life Site News said the former First Lady's religion and leftist stance were at odds with each other. Oklahoma Wesleyan University president Dr. Everett Piper wondered if Clinton believes that homosexuality is against the Bible's teachings, since the United Methodist Church reportedly teaches this.
For Dr. Piper, it was questionable to think that Hillary Clinton could be a Methodist preacher if she cannot align her beliefs with that of the Bible's teachings.