Pastor endorses Clinton for president

First, let it be known that I am not politically savvy in regards to politics. However, I find in Matthew 7:20 of the King James Bible, these words: “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.” This points to knowing and identifying how a person is in character and behavior. Mrs. Hillary Clinton, being the wife of former President William Jefferson Clinton, is one of the factors that helped me reach the conclusion to endorse her for president.

In the year 1999, Hurricane Floyd devastated much of eastern North Carolina. I was serving in the General Baptist Convention of N.C. as the housing chairman. In this capacity, I witnessed firsthand the genuine concern of President Clinton for the people of N.C. President Clinton left the White House to tour the areas ravaged in the wake of Hurricane Floyd. On Sept. 20, 1999, in front of the Town Hall in Tarboro, President Clinton said, “We will be with you for as long as it takes.”

Here he was, the most powerful man in the world, stepping down from the highest office in the land to offer hope for a better tomorrow, to a people that had lost so much and for some, everything. President Clinton did not just make a statement that sounded good. He followed it up with actions.

Having witnessed the level of leadership from President Clinton, I believe the level of love, concern, dedication and commitment is embedded in the heart of Hillary Clinton. Her record speaks for itself. All one has to do is inspect the fruit that has fallen from her tree.

To me (what sets her apart from the other candidates) is her unique understanding of the mission of her office and her ability to carry out that mission for the betterment of humankind.

It is written in Genesis 2:24 of the King James Bible: “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife and they shall be one flesh.” When Hillary Clinton is elected president of the United States of America, we will have two in one with the expertise to lead the people of God and the world to higher heights of excellence.

Rev. Thurman B. Everett

Pastor of Bryant Swamp Missionary Baptist Church, Bladenboro

Moderator of Lumber River Baptist Association, Lumberton