Many presidential candidates seem to be talking about their faith as the election gets closer. Republican candidates Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and even Donald Trump have made a point of discussing their faith in campaign rallies, but faith discussions on the campaign trail are less frequent for Hillary Clinton, an avowed Methodist.
Recently, however, on the campaign trail in Iowa, Clinton spoke about her faith and the impact it has on her life.
According to time.com, Clinton stated, “I am a person of faith. I am a Christian. I am Methodist. My study of the Bible and my many conversations with people of faith has led me to believe that the most important commandment is to love the lord with all your might, and to love your neighbor as yourself. That is what I think we are commanded by Christ to do.”
Although Clinton launched into a substantial discussion of her faith, such a discussion was not part of her intended remarks while in Knoxville, Iowa, speaking in a school gymnasium.
Clinton’s comments on her faith were in response to a question from 36-year-old high school guidance counselor Jessica Manning. Manning said she was a Catholic who was unsure whether to support Clinton.
“I am by no means a perfect person,” Clinton told Manning and the gathered crowd. “I will confess that to one and all. But I feel the continuing urge to try to be better, to try to be more loving even with people who are quite harsh.”
“I have been very disappointed and sorry that Christianity, which has such great love at its core is sometimes used to condemn so quickly and judge so harshly,” she said, but added that she also looked up to people who used their faith for good.
“I am in awe of people who can truly turn the cheek every time,” Clinton said. “Who can go the extra mile that we are called to go. Who keep finding ways to forgive and move on. Those are really hard things for human beings to do.”
Manning said Clinton’s answer convinced her to support the former Secretary of State.
Publication date: January 27, 2016
Veronica Neffinger wrote her first poem at age seven and went on to study English in college, focusing on 18th century literature. When she is not listening to baseball games, enjoying the outdoors, or reading, she can be found mostly in Richmond, VA writing primarily about nature, nostalgia, faith, family, and Jane Austen.