(CNSNews.com) – Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton honored Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) at his funeral in Baltimore, Md., Friday by saying that “he stood up against corrupt leadership of King Ahab and Queen Jezebel.”
Clinton began her speech saying it was “no coincidence” that Cummings “shared a name with an Old Testament prophet whose name meant in Hebrew, ‘the Lord is my God,’ and who used the power and the wisdom that God gave him to uphold the moral law that all people are subject to and because of all people are equal.”
“Like the prophet, our Elijah could call down fire from heaven, but he also prayed and worked for healing. He weathered storms and earthquakes but never lost his faith. Like that Old Testament prophet, he stood against corrupt leadership of King Ahab and Queen Jezebel,” she said as the church erupted in applause.
“And he looked out for the vulnerable among us. He lifted up the next generation of leaders. He even worked a few miracles, and he kept reminding us life is no dress rehearsal. The American people want to live their lives without fear of their leaders, and as leaders, we have a responsibility to keep the promises made when running for office, to make the lives of Americans better,” Clinton said.
She said Cummings “was a fierce champion for truth, justice, and kindness in every part of his life,” and “his integrity and character, his can-do spirit made him a guiding light in Congress.”
“He pushed back against the abuse of power. He was unwavering in his defense of our democracy. He had little tolerance for those who put party ahead of country or partisanship above truth, but he could find common ground with anyone willing to seek it with him, and he liked to remind all of us that you can't get so caught up in who you are fighting that you forget what you are fighting for,” she said.
“Even his political adversaries recognized that it wasn't really about politics for our Elijah. He led from his soul. He often said that our children are a message to a future we will never see,” Clinton said.