Hillary Clinton’s humiliating 2016 election loss is akin to Jesus submitting to death, with the hope of resurrection on the way, according to United Methodist City Society Rev. Bill Shillady.
The reverend likened Clinton’s election day defeat to the resurrection of Jesus Christ in a letter of condolences the day after. In the missive, Rev. Shillady seemingly equated Good Friday to Nov. 8 and predicted that “while death had seemingly won” the reality was “a declaration that a new day was on the way.”
Sunday is Coming
November 9, 2016
It is Friday, but Sunday is coming. This is not the devotional I had hoped to write. This is not the devotional you wish to receive this day. 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. 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.
Even though Jesus told his followers three days later the temple would be restored, they had no idea of what that Sunday would be. They betrayed, denied, mourned, fled and hid. They did just about everything BUT feel good about Friday and their circumstances.
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!”
Today, you are experiencing a Friday. Your Friday is what happened in the last few weeks and last night in the tragic loss. But Sunday is coming!
Jesus completed the excruciating task of giving up his life as a sacrifice for the sins of the world. It was his faith and belief in his heavenly Father, that gave him the grace and peace to submit to Friday. 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.
Friday is finished. Sunday is coming. Death will be shattered. Hope will be restored. But first, we must live through the darkness and seeming hopelessness of Friday.
You know one of my favorite sayings is “God doesn’t close one door without opening another, but it can be hell in the hallway.” My sister Hillary. 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.
Clinton received the email on a Wednesday.
“I woke up that morning (on November 9) and it felt like maybe what the Apostles experienced on Good Friday,” Shillady told CNN. “Their leader, master and savior was dead and gone and they didn’t know what to do. And I thought of this phrase from the Rev. Tony Compolo: Friday was tough, but Sunday was coming.”
Clinton told the news site Rev. Shillady rose at 4 a.m. every day to write her a special inspirational email for 635 consecutive days during her candidacy. By the end of the campaign he had amassed a whole team of writers to send her good vibes.
Clinton also recently said she’s thought a lot about becoming a preacher.
CNN’s in-depth look at Clinton and her very special spiritual relationship with Shillady also mentions Shillady happens to be publishing a book with all of his inspirational messages to Clinton titled “Strong for a Moment Like This.”
It hits the shelves August 15!