I discovered this at the The Brody File (CBN), where correspondent David Brody featured an interview between Senator Hillary Clinton and NYT's reporter Michael Luo from last July about faith and politics. It was the headline of Brody's, however, that really caught my eye: "I Have Felt the Presence of the Holy Spirit.”
Though I don't share or identify with her political convictions, I found the interview very enlightening. To my surprise, Senator Clinton affirmed some important elements of the gospel (1 Cor. 15:1-4) but to no surprise, left the door open on some others. Putting political ideology aside and a guilt by association label due her husbands lascivious choices, I wondered if she knew the Lord or was this affirmation of the Christian faith more cultural - the byproduct of being raised in the church? In either case, that is not for me to ultimately judge. But, it did serve to give helpful background on how we may pray for her. As you listen to it, I hope it will encourage you to that end as well. You may also read the transcript here.
David Brody highlights some notable quotes from this interview. A few of those are:
Reporter: Can I ask you theologically, do you believe that the resurrection of Jesus actually happened, that it actually historically did happen?"Faith come by hearing; hearing by the Word of Christ." If she knows not the Lord, pray for her that by God's Sovereign electing love, He may grant to her godly sorrow leading to repentance; the saving faith necessary to believe; regeneration by the Holy Spirit to confess Jesus Christ as Lord; and that being justified freely by His grace and given by imputation the perfect righteousness of Jesus Christ, she may flee the wrath to come and know peace with God forever.
Senator Clinton: Yes, I do.
Reporter: And, do you believe on the salvation issue -- and this is controversial too -- that belief in Christ is needed for going to heaven?
Senator Clinton: That one I'm a little more open to. I think that it is, as we understand our relationship to God as Christians, it is how we see our way forward, and it is the way. But, ever since I was a little girl, I've asked every Sunday school teacher I've ever had, I asked every theologian I've ever talked with, whether that meant that there was no salvation, there was no heaven for people who did not accept Christ. And, you're well aware that there are a lot of answers to that. There are people who are totally rooted in the fact that, no, that's why there are missionaries, that's why you have to try to convert. And, then there are a lot of other people who are deeply faithful and deeply Christ-centered who say, that's how we understand it and who are we to read God's mind about such a weighty decision as that.
Reporter: And your attitude toward the Bible about how literally people should take it.
Senator Clinton: I think the whole Bible is real. The whole Bible gives you a glimpse of God and God's desire for a personal relationship, but we can't possibly understand every way God is communicating with us. I've always felt that people who try to shoehorn in their cultural and social understandings of the time into the Bible might be actually missing the larger point that we're supposed to take from the Bible.
By grace alone; through faith alone; in Christ alone.