The sky is falling! The sky is falling!” Most of us have heard this phrase from the famous folk tale “Chicken Little.” After an acorn strikes his head, the startled bird flutters about frantically, trying to warn everyone of impending doom. Versions of the story exist in numerous cultures and go back centuries.
The 2016 United States presidential election has been rife with Chicken Little claims, from both the candidates and their passionate supporters.
“If (insert candidate) is elected, then surely (insert calamity/tragedy) will happen.”
I’ll admit, I’ve had my moments of anxiety throughout this presidential campaign. I am both incredulous and dismayed that the best our electoral process could produce is the two candidates we have to choose from.
I’ve even whispered, “God help us if so-and-so is elected!”
But here’s the thing. He will.
And that means we don’t need to be afraid – no matter who is elected or what ballot measures are passed.
It’s unlikely that all of the gloom and doom predictions will come true. But even if the very worst befalls us, Psalm 46 reminds us that we don’t need to fear.
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea . . . Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall . . . The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress . . . He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God.’”
As we ruminate on the candidates’ debates, read vitriolic Facebook posts, and watch distorted TV ads, let’s remember these important truths:
God is the absolute commander-in-chief.
Jesus is the only true savior.
Don’t misunderstand me – There’s nothing wrong with aligning with political parties, defending social issues, or being concerned about Supreme Court Justice appointments – but we must not lose sight of the bigger picture.
Our trust must go higher. We must remember that throughout the ages, God has used world leaders – good and bad – to shape human destiny.
Pharaoh, the Egyptian leader whose famous interactions with Moses are portrayed in the book of Exodus, is one example. His “hardened heart” was no match for God’s ultimate plan to deliver his people. In fact, it pointed to the greatness of God.
As the Apostle Paul describes, “For the Scripture says to Pharaoh: ‘I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.’” (Romans 9:17)
It was no accident that Pharaoh was the leader of Egypt at that exact moment in history.
And whomever assumes the sacred role of President of the United States in January 2017 will not be there by accident, either.
As Romans 13:1-2 affirms about governing leaders,“ . . . there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.”
So where does that leave us? Should we throw up our hands and exclaim, “If God is sovereign over the election, then what’s the use of voting?”
No! While the intertwining of God’s control and our free will is a deep mystery, mankind’s choices are still an essential part of fulfilling His divine purposes.
That’s why it’s critical to prayerfully seek God’s leading as we make our 2016 election decisions. Obviously not everyone, (even Christians) will vote exactly the same way—but collectively, our ballots will accomplish His will.
The bottom line is that we don’t need to fear what will happen on November 8. As author Max Lucado stated, “I know exactly what November 9 will bring. Another day of God’s perfect sovereignty. He will still be in charge. His throne will still be occupied. He will still manage the affairs of the world.” 
Instead of giving way to cynicism or fear, join me in exercising our civic and spiritual responsibility to vote – and then leave the outcome in God’s hands. He’s the one leader we can always trust.