In a rare moment, former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton shared about her personal faith. She spoke to a small group of people at a school gym in Iowa.
In response to a question she said, “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.”
Clinton doesn’t usually talk about her faith while campaigning, suggesting many politicians use faith as a way to win votes or often to cast judgment. She said, “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.”
“I am by no means a perfect person,” Clinton continued. “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.”
TIME wrote, “Clinton added that charity and treating others has been an important influence on how she sees her role in politics.”
Clinton said, “There is so much more in the Bible about taking care of the poor, visiting the prisoner, taking in the stranger, creating opportunities for others to be lifted up.”
It was Clinton’s “mother who first taught her about faith,” noted TIME. She was also “influenced by a young minister, Donald Jones, who brought Clinton to see Martin Luther King when he spoke in Chicago in 1962.”
“I am in awe of people who can truly turn the cheek every time,” Clinton shared. “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.”