March 21, 2019 | Nancy Huff
Sometimes we have an erroneous concept of what it takes to create massive change in our nation. It’s easy to think the more people we have supporting a revival or a reformation, the better chance there is of success, but history does not bear out that theory. The idea of a small number of people making a big difference was brought home to me at a meeting I attended in 2001. I received an invitation to meet with a select group of “movers and shakers” on the issue of Western Sahara. The group’s mission is to force Morocco to forfeit one-third of its country to carve out the separate state of Western Sahara. I knew the group’s reputation for political success but was unaware of their Communist bent. I expected at least 200 people at the meeting. I assumed everyone present to be wealthy, because as everyone knows it takes massive amounts of money to finance a successful political movement. They would be politically connected because they successfully implemented worldwide boycotts, demonstrations, and international policy decisions. They would be members of the political elite of their European countries, mainly Sweden and Norway.
We met at a Greek restaurant in New York City. Once my eyes adjusted to the dark room, I was shocked to see a group of ten older gentlemen gathered around a table. It was a rag-tag group, most of whom were well into their sixties and beyond. Several were retired professors. How in the world were they able to upend Morocco and influence the United States to go against one of its closest allies in North Africa?
The secret, I found out, was their in-your-face, no compromise commitment to their cause. This group ate, slept, and drank Western Sahara. As a result, they had made some political friends in Europe and the United States. Their strategic political connections were carefully targeted individuals of influence whom they purposely befriended and converted to their side. Their long powerful reach was effective.
It doesn’t take a large number to make a big difference. Samuel Adams, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States and a leader in the American Revolution, said, “It does not take a majority to prevail…but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.”
One of the most significant examples we have is Jesus who, with twelve disciples, completely revolutionized the world, not just in His lifetime, but for two thousand plus years hence. We daily experience His transformational power in every aspect of our lives, politically and religiously.
It is possible for a small group of people to completely transform a nation or in many cases transform a cultural aspect of a country, like reversing our stand on abortion or changing the entire educational system of this nation. All it takes is that “irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.”
May we all become members of “an angry, tireless, minority” who will set “brushfires” and change history!
Here is how we can pray:
If God is for us, who can be against us? (Rom 8:31)
Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus. . . . After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly. (Acts 4:29 & 31)
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. (Heb 4:16)
About the Author: Nancy Huff is an educator with a mission to equip believers to pray strategically for the Cultural Mountain of Education. She has authored Taking the Mountain of Education: A Strategic Prayer Guide to Transform America’s Schools. She leads prayer groups to pray at key educational locations across the US. Currently, Nancy serves as the Heartland Apostolic Prayer Network (HAPN) Lead Prayer Coordinator for the Mountain of Education. For additional information go to: https://takingthemountainofeducation.com/author/nancyahuff/