Day 17: April 23rd, 2015: 21 Days of Prayer & Fasting for Marriage & for the U.S. Supreme Court

And he charged them, saying, Thus shall ye do in the fear of the Lord, faithfully, and with a perfect heart. 2 Chronicles 19:9

Associate Justice Clarence ThomasClarence Thomas, Associate Justice was born in the Pin Point community of Georgia near Savannah June 23, 1948. He married Virginia Lamp in 1987 and has one child, Jamal Adeen, by a previous marriage. He attended Conception Seminary and received an A.B., cum laude, from Holy Cross College, and a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1974. He was admitted to law practice in Missouri in 1974, and served as an Assistant Attorney General of Missouri from 1974-1977, an attorney with the Monsanto Company from 1977-1979, and Legislative Assistant to Senator John Danforth from 1979-1981. From 1981-1982, he served as Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, and as Chairman of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission from 1982-1990. He became a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 1990. President Bush nominated him as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and he took his seat October 23, 1991.  (Bios: Official; ScotusBlog; Wiki).

In 1991, Clarence Thomas was subjected to one of the most vicious Supreme Court confirmation hearings in American history. In 1987, Senate liberals had prevented the confirmation of the late conservative legal scholar, Judge Robert Bork. His confirmation hearings were malicious but were mostly ideological. The word “borked” became a part of our dictionary as a result. But the Thomas hearings were even nastier, sinking to the level of degrading personal attacks on Thomas’ moral character.

Yet Thomas was confirmed, seated and has faithfully adhered to his conservative principles despite continued mockery and hostility from the left. Yet even his mockers acknowledge that behind his silence is a brilliance, and they fear he could exert significant influence on the court.

Having served for eight years as Chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission under Presidents Reagan and Bush, Justice Thomas knows something about discrimination. Yet he has opposed affirmative action from his college days when he changed from being a McGovern Democrat to a conservative, moved by Booker T. Washington’s Christian philosophy of personal responsibility.

Justice Thomas joined the dissent from the majority in Planned Parenthood v. Casey in 1992, asserting, “We believe that Roe was wrongly decided, and that it can and should be overruled….”

When the Supreme Court rejected the request for an injunction to stop a federal judge’s order for homosexual “marriages” to commence in Alabama, despite 81% of voters supporting a marriage amendment to protect their state from federal court intrusion, Justice Thomas expressed his dissent, writing: “This is not the proper way to discharge our. . . responsibilities.”

  • Pray that Justice Thomas will become bolder in expressing his thoughtful, spiritually enlightened legal opinions. (Pr 10:19; Acts 4:31)
  • Pray that he will become the very influence upon the court that liberals fear. And may this upcoming marriage case be an opportunity for this quiet man, in a case that will have a huge impact on the health of our nation and its families. (Heb 11; Jude 7)
  • Pray that Justice Thomas and each of his colleagues will rule in the fear of the Lord, faithfully, and with a perfect heart. (2 Chr 19:9)

Thank you for praying!

Please visit these sites and participate in the events!

Tell your pastor about Stand for Marriage Sunday! Urge him to examine FRC’s special free resources!   

Pray4Marriage.org (Church Bulletin Inserts & more)

March for Marriage, April 25, 2015, Washington, DC

National Day of Prayer, May 7, 2015

Call2Fall, Sunday, June 28, 2015

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