An Open Letter to Encourage Hillary Clinton
My prayer is that this letter makes its way to encourage you. I want you to know that multitudes of Christians are praying for you in this difficult time. We take to heart our directive to “weep with those who weep” (Rom.12:15).
In the wake of your recent campaign calamity, we’re reminded of Proverb’s warning, “He who is glad at calamities will not be unpunished” (Prv. 17:5). Desiring God’s mercy, we extend it to others.
Your husband is often teased and imitated for his lip biting, “I feel your pain,” statement of years ago, but I can empathize with you because I went through something similar on my life’s journey. Investing every fiber of my being in a ministry venture for 25 years, I awoke to find myself displaced, shunned by family and friends.
It was not the end of the world but it sure seemed like it at the time. Telling myself, “When one door closes, God always opens another,” seemed inadequate to pull myself out of my downward spiral of discouragement.
Although I didn’t see it then, today I look back and see this defining time as one of the most redemptive seasons in my life. God used it to deepen my dependency on Him, develop my character and reposition me to fulfill my destiny.
Four Encouraging Thoughts
Let’s draw some encouragement from the section of Scripture you quoted in your gracious concession speech. “Let us not grow weary in doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not give up” (Gal. 6:9).
1. Experience God’s peace by addressing anything contrary to the will of God.
Here the apostle Paul directed these early Christians to avert crippling discouragement by steering clear of sin. Besides sexual uncleanliness he cited easily excused relational areas like “hatred, strife, jealousy, rage, selfishness, ambition, dissensions…” (Gal. 5:20).
God calls us not to react impulsively but respond differently by demonstrating “love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and self-control” (v.22-23) in human relationships.
This is followed by a warning, “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked. For whatever a man sows, that will he also reap” (Gal. 6:7).
So if we want to enjoy relational harmony, we must be intentional in steering clear of divisive behavior. This is relevant to our current post election situation characterized by mean-spirited protests, acrimony and slander.
Hillary, to enter into a new dimension of inner peace at this traumatic time, forgive everyone who maligned you, including Donald Trump. Remember, forgiveness is a decision, not an emotion. Pope John Paul forgave an attempted assassin and Nelson Mandela forgave leaders who imprisoned him for 30 years. You can follow their example and even more so that of our Savior who forgave us all on the cross.
Don’t rehearse in your mind past statements like “Crooked Hillary,” or “Nasty Woman.” Replace the negative thoughts with uplifting ones about God and His promises. “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You” (Is. 26:3).
How about holding a press conference appealing for angry protesters, hostile celebrities, and strident news commentators to end the rhetoric and demonstrations. Invite them to follow your example in unifying rather than dividing at this critical time. If Donald Trump can reach out to rival Mitt Romney and others, why not do likewise? Watch joy flood your soul as you foster healing in America following the tumultuous election.
2. Don’t “grow weary” as you persevere in your new season of life.
Hillary, in my study there’s a plaque with these words, “Failure is never fatal and success is never final.” This recent setback is just that, a temporary bump in the road. You have decades of life ahead of you so take a deep breath and enjoy the process, believing the best is yet to come!
You are entering into the fourth quarter of your life. Keep in mind that in a football game, the fourth quarter is usually the most important!
Embrace your high calling as wife, mother, grandmother and seasoned public servant. View the election as a course correction for you to transition into your most productive and less stressful season of your life. And give yourself permission to simply take some extended time off to reflect, pray and recharge your spiritual batteries.
When respected journalist, Brit Hume, announced on TV that he was concluding his nightly duties as Fox anchor, he said he was going to be taking more time to be with his wife and grandchildren and to study the Scriptures. Sounds like real wisdom to me!
3. Devote yourself to “doing good” in a nonpolitical way.
Hillary, I have a mantra that I live by every day. It comes from the acronym H.O.P.E. – Helping Other People Everyday. Let me challenge you to join me in the adventure of being a blessing to people every day.
Hopefully the controversy over the Clinton Global Initiative can soon be swept aside as you and Bill make adjustments to avoid improprieties. There can be removal of the “pay to play” stigma as you’re out of the political spotlight.
Released from political demands frees you to invest time, talents and treasures in improving the human condition. Jesus told us, “It is more blessed to give than receive” (Acts 20:35).
John D. Rockefeller, Sr. strove to be a success. He became a millionaire by age 23 and in 20 years was the richest man on earth.
Ambition and stress took its toll on his life. He suffered from digestive
problems, depression and alopecia, the loss of his hair. Premature death awaited him.
He finally came to his senses and made a determination to follow the words of Jesus on giving. He realized he could take nothing with him so it was time for a radical turnaround.
Rather than amassing wealth, he gave to those in need. Establishing the Rockefeller Foundation, he channeled his fortune into hospitals, research and mission work. His contributions eventually lead to the discovery of penicillin, cures for malaria, tuberculosis and diphtheria.
At 53, Rockefeller was destined for imminent death. His resolution to “give rather than get” altered his life so dramatically that he lived to 98!
Hillary, isn’t this an inspiring example of what our lives can be? Or consider freshly converted Manny Pacquiao who has given away $200 million to improve housing conditions in his country. He now gives half his boxing earnings to better his Filipino people!
You and Bill came into the White House in 1992. If you have another two decades to live, how do you want to be remembered? Your autobiography is being written today.
4. You can “reap” rewards as you “don’t give up.”
You’re now positioned to be liberated from the incredible workload and scheduling demands that have consumed your life. You “deserve a break today!” Take it!
Jesus promised we’d reap temporal, but more importantly, eternal rewards if we truly repent and put our trust in Him alone as our Lord and Savior. We can’t earn salvation for it is the gift of eternal life that comes only through a right relationship with Him. Ephesians 2:8-9 tells us “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not of yourselves. It is the gift of God, not of works, so that no one should boast.”
Hillary, you were raised in Methodism, founded by John Wesley. He came to America in 1736 believing he was a “Christian” but his Savannah, Georgia time led him to write in his journal, “I came to convert the Indians, but, oh, who will convert me?”
Discouraged, John returned to England. On his return trip he encountered Moravian Christians who invited him to a meeting at Aldersgate Street in May of 1738. I’ve stood at this very spot in England where a historical marker now stands.
Here, following his crushing defeat in America, John surrendered his life to Jesus proclaiming, “My heart was strangely warmed.” This 5ft. 3in. soon-to-be “giant of the Christian faith” was born again! He then impacted the entire world.
Jesus said being “born again” was a prerequisite to salvation (Jn.3:1-21). You may be familiar with individuals who went through difficult times that advanced them to a genuine conversion experience. Consider people like Chuck Colson, Johnny Cash, Mike Pence, Manny Pacquiao, Abraham Lincoln, John Newton (former slave trader and author of “Amazing Grace”) and Thomas Ryman (whiskey supplier; builder of Ryman Tabernacle Auditorium).
Here’s the deal: Hillary, God loves you immensely! You’re an amazing, multi-gifted woman whose name will be written in America’s book of history. If you have not done so, may I respectfully urge you to totally yield your life to Jesus Christ, making certain your name is also “written in the Lamb’s book of life” (Rev. 21:27).
Your last book was entitled “Hard Choices.” This choice shouldn’t be hard for you at this tipping point of your life. It’s the most important one you’ll ever make.
After almost 47 years, I’ve never regretted it!
God bless you, Hillary.
Larry Tomczak is a cultural commentator of 43 yrs, Liberty Counsel public policy advisor, Intercessors for America board member and best-selling author. His new, innovative video/book, BULLSEYE, develops informed influencers in 30 days (see www.bullseyechallenge.com). Click (here) for his “Here’s the Deal” weekly podcast.
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