STRONG IN THE FACE OF BIASED
THE CLARENCE THOMAS
Written in 1991 and appeared in newspapers
throughout the 1990's
There was too much of the hand of God
involved in the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings to lay that
emotional event to rest without first looking at it from a Christian
perspective. Many things happened during those dramatic hearings
which clearly suggest that something was stirring in the supernatural
realm that had a definite guiding influence on the
Before the hearings began it had
already been determined which U.S. Senators would cast their votes, for,
or against Clarence Thomas' acceptance as a member of the U.S. Supreme
Court. The Senate appeared to be split down the middle on this
controversial issue. The determining tie-breaking vote would be cast
by a block of undecided Democratic Senators from Southern states who, on
one hand were intimidated by powerful liberal pressure groups to vote
against Thomas, and yet whose constituencies back in their home states
consisted of a large percentage of black voters who wanted their Senators
to vote in favor of Thomas.
On day one of the hearings the liberal establishment, complete with the
mainstream media, certain prominent U.S. Senators and powerful special
interest groups, took on the characteristic of a great white shark with
each tooth representing a powerful individual or group within the white
the hearings progressed over a week long period, Satan craftily pieced
together a situation where the "great white" facing off against Thomas
appeared more like a "great gray" as members of the national media ran
themselves breathless searching the four corners of the nation seeking any
black leader who was willing to deliver a negative statement about
Clarence Thomas on the nightly news.
addition to this, a celebrated key black witness was brought forth to
testify against Clarence Thomas, and this is precisely what was
needed. Satan, the master framer, had reframed the issue against
Thomas by creating a situation where the much sought after block of
moderate, undecided Democratic Senators from the South could now cast
their votes against Clarence Thomas' acceptance to the U.S. Supreme Court
without being considered a racist.
When the hearings drew to a
climax and it was time for Thomas to sit before the Senate Judiciary
Committee, some of the most humiliating accusations had been leveled
against him. There was a distinct feeling that the momentum was on
the side of the liberal establishment, and that Thomas had already been
judged and condemned by the contemptuously confident opposition.
What he was about to say in his defense would not be taken seriously.
His testimony would be a formality allotted to him before the majority of
the body of U.S. Senators would vote against his confirmation to the U.S.
Supreme Court. It appeared that there was nothing left to say.
approximately 2:30 in the afternoon of October 15, Judge Clarence Thomas
began his offensive against the "great gray" as he sat before the Senate
Judiciary Committee. He had fire in his eyes. He appeared
"unhumble" in his deliberation before the powerful opposition.
Thomas insinuated in front of millions of Americans who were watching the
hearings on TV that he was sitting in front of a pack of bullies.
This apparent defiance on the part of Thomas was a departure from the
decorum of other conservatives who sat before congressional
Conservatives across the nation
who hung on every word Thomas spoke had reason to wince, feeling that he
had now surely engaged the full wrath of the opposition who were known for
their vengeance, and who were likely at this point to be salivating in
rage. It appeared that Clarence Thomas
realized that he was going down and that he chose to go down in open
defiance of the liberal establishment.
But, as Thomas proceeded in his
testimony, unflinchingly, in full face of the "great gray", he suddenly
made a confident declaration which addressed the underlying struggle.
Clarence Thomas declared that "God is my judge!"
In a single breath he nullified
any notion that he had been prejudged and condemned. Thomas had
engaged the enemy in the supernatural realm, in the arena where the actual
conflict was brewing. This declaration was made with such clarity
and conviction that it would have stunned some of the Senators on the
committee who opposed Clarence Thomas and who had enough religion to
realize that something outside of the secular realm had been suddenly and
unexpectedly introduced into the debate which was beyond their means to
control and subdue.
Thomas put the coalition of
modern day Pharisees on hold in front of millions of Americans and called
upon another authority to appraise his character, and this appraisal was
forthcoming from on high. Clarence Thomas appeared confident.
He was not quite judged yet.
Thomas, who appeared to be a
lone voice crying out in the wilderness, was now joined by countless
thousands of brothers and sisters in Christ. Up to this point,
Christians in the viewing audience were given reason to feel that Thomas
was a fellow Christian, but were not certain. It was confirmed.
Clarence Thomas was not only a conservative, but a man of God.
Only God knows how many
thousands of Christians in the viewing audience locked in prayer on behalf
of their newly discovered brother in Christ as they joined him in his
suffering and entered the arena with Clarence where he stood fast against
the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Clarence Thomas no longer seemed
outnumbered. With the tide of sentiment suddenly shifting in his
favor as a result of the bold statement he made, it appeared that the
struggle was now going well for the people of God. but what had
taken place so far was merely a skirmish. The full force of the Holy
Spirit fire-storm that was about to fly into the face of the great and
evil gray was just gathering.
Enter Leola Williams, unbridled, God-loving, born-again Christian and mother of Judge Clarence Thomas.
In an interview with the Boston Herald Leola Williams expressed deep
concern that false accusations "hurt my child." She harbored no
animosity against individuals who leveled accusations at Clarence.
Leola stated, "I cannot hate people and be a Christian."
Leola Williams became
emotionally distraught and fell ill over the humiliating charges brought
against her son, and could not bring herself to watch the dramatic weekend
hearings when Clarence Thomas' chief accuser was called to sit before the
committee. Leola prayed instead. When the day came for Thomas
to give his testimony, Leola Williams confided in her son just before he
left for the hearing, "I know God is going to have the last say-so."
The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Clarence Thomas
knew what he was ultimately struggling against and so did his mother who
had joined her son in battle. As Thomas continued his offensive
against the opposition, with the tables now turned, he appeared to be a
formidable, unmovable warrior. . .even so, Clarence Thomas was still some
mother's child, and this mother was causing a commotion "backstage" which,
we can be certain, shook the heavenlies.
When Leola Williams crashed into the throne room of almighty God and stood boldly before the throne of God,
unbridled by pride or decorum, and fervently petitioned her Heavenly
Father to intercede on behalf of her child, Clarence, who was struggling
with the serpent, are we to think that this act in itself was not
sufficient to cause the standard to be raised against the enemy who had
rushed in against Clarence like a flood? We must not underestimate
the power of a righteous mother fervently seeking the hand of God to
intercede on behalf of her child.
As the hearings continued, Clarence Thomas' testimony was reinforced by Senators
Orrin hatch of Utah and Arlen Spector of Pennsylvania who weighed in on
the side of Thomas. The time lapse from the moment Clarence Thomas
began his offensive together with the concluding remarks of the two
Senators who joined him, was approximately one hour and fifteen
minutes. This combined testimony fell together on a whirlwind that
seemed to rip a hole through the wall of arrogance which was thought to be
impenetrable and which Thomas faced in opposition.
A commentator for one of the major networks stated, "We have just heard some of the most poignant
testimony in these chambers that has ever been recorded."
But something else was taking place. Thomas' countenance was flowing
brightly as is the case when people of virtue come under attack by the virtueless. The veil of darkness over Clarence Thomas was
For those who have eyes that see and ears that hear, that which is spoken of in Isaiah 60:1 enveloped the
chamber: "Arise and shine, for your light has come and the glory of
the Lord has risen upon you."
The powerful opposition that was poised and ready to kill Thomas' confirmation suddenly developed problems
of their own. Their image of innocence and forthrightness took a
direct hit as a result of the poignant testimony which revealed their
gross imperfections in front of millions of television-viewing Americans.
A sense of shame jolted them as though the lights were suddenly turned on and they
were caught with their hands in the proverbial cookie jar. One
prominent Senator and chief antagonizer of Clarence Thomas appeared to
want to dive under the table in disgrace.
At this point in the fierce battle where ideas and words are weapons, the enemy
that stood before Thomas was now in a state of confusion. Their
weapons were now pointed at each other as they began to accuse one another
of improprieties in the way they had gathered information that they could
present against Thomas. The scene was reminiscent of the battle
which took place in the valley of Jezreel when the Spirit of the Lord
interceded on behalf of Gideon and his tiny army.
When the Spirit of the Lord descended upon the mighty army that was poised to destroy Gideon (which
were "as numerous as locusts" Judges 7:12), they became confused and
turned their swords against each other, slaying one another.
With the crestfallen chief antagonizers of Clarence Thomas now appearing as
disorganized, whitewashed hypocrites, their credibility in the eyes of
discerning viewers was reduced considerably. Clarence Thomas was no
longer seen as treading in dangerous waters before the great and evil
gray, but one born of living waters.
The issue had been reframed with the help of the Lord, and the moderate Democrats from the south were once
again back on square one, caught between a hard place and a rock.
The rock this time was the Jesus factor. They had to choose between
facing the sting of liberal pressure groups or their fired-up black
Christian constituencies back in their home districts, which would be like
sailing into a tidal wave.
The moderate Southern Democrats chose to face the liberal pressure groups and voted in favor of
Clarence Thomas' nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. They chose
wisely. One of the leading stories the following day read: "Thomas'
winning margin--the slimmest in more than a century--came from a block of
swing votes, mostly moderate Southern Democrats." Boston Herald,
October 16, 1991
Many things took place during the Clarence Thomas hearings that were important
to conservative Christians which were not reported in the news. The
day before Clarence Thomas sat before the Senate Judiciary committee,
Phyllis Berry, a young wife, mother, and co-worker of Clarence Thomas,
delivered her testimony which was geared to uphold the honor of
Thomas. Although the liberal establishment took great measures to
build the status quo against Thomas, Phyllis Berry appeared eager and unintimidated.
Her demeanor was striking and her testimony witty,
delivered with an air of confidence.
It is by design that black teenage girls are kept from seeing positive, wholesome role models worthy
of emulating, and featured in the mainstream media. . .it is not by accident.
Phyllis Berry's presence before the Senate Judiciary Committee gave black teenage girls a rare opportunity
to see a selfless, successful and morally strong role model and key player
in a real life drama. It was as though Satan had been outflanked and
hood winked on his own turf.
In the aftermath of Clarence Thomas' victory, Abraham Famble, a boyhood friend of Thomas, described the
scene in Thomas' hometown in Georgia: "People were really glued to
their TV all day long. They were really praying and screaming and
singing songs. People felt really inspired."
With a great deal of success over the past thirty years, Satan has managed to keep out of public view
"disobedient" blacks who refused to be polarized, isolated, and poisoned
by his sweet hemlock. Blacks who sought to be successful according
to biblical principles were routinely ignored in the mainstream press and
very likely subjected to name-calling by Satan's emissaries within the
But the second week of October 1991 would prove to be a terrible time for Satan who came face to
face with sing-minded Christians who would not shrink back into disgrace,
and who were not prone to spiritual double-dipping, but who sought God and
His righteousness on Sunday and every day of the week. If Satan had
his way he would have edited out the Christian witness and pieced together
one of his lying wonder tapestries to present to the viewing public. .
.but he couldn't. The Christian witness came to the public arena in
a live broadcast to the multitudes who were transfixed to their
televisions during the Clarence Thomas Confirmation Hearings.
A sudden, unexpected and inspirational display of courage by a handful of black American Christians
who were engaged in a high profile struggle with the enemy of man was
presented before the eyes of America. It was a real life passion
drama where a remnant of the body of Christ conducted themselves smartly
Their desire to adhere to the truth overrode any desire they might have harbored to be accepted by
the world. They did not shrink back, but trusted in the Lord Who is Truth, and the Truth prevailed.
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