There’s a folk tale that features a chicken, Henny Penny, known also as Chicken Little. In the folk tale, Henny, thinking the world is ending, and exclaims over and over, The sky is falling, the sky is falling! Henny, of course, was wrong and the phrase has become synonymous with wrong hysteria. Some conservatives and particularly some evangelical Christians seem more like Henny Penny than God-fearing Christians whose God is sovereign, in control and loving. Leadership in our country is severely lacking, but leadership from above is steady and sure. The Lord God of the universe has not abdicated His throne. The God who knows us neither sleeps nor slumbers.
The latest eruption from Donald Trump, has perhaps ensured the election of Hillary Clinton. Is the sky falling? No. This is not the end of the world and we’d do well to remember Who is in control. If Hillary Clinton becomes president, we, as Christians have no more reason to exclaim the sky is falling than did Henny Penny. I know all about the reasons to keep Hillary out of office—she’s a criminal; she lies to cover up other lies; she’ll appoint liberal Supreme Court justices; she’ll continue to expand the government, etc.
These are the two most hated individuals ever to run for president. Only Barry Goldwater comes close to their distain ratings. Haven’t we gotten what we deserve? We’ve turned running for president into a popularity contest, more appropriately reported by Entertainment Tonight than any of the news organizations—news organizations that have given into the sensationalism, driven by ratings, tolerance and political correctness.
George Washington declared that “religion and morality are the essential pillars of civil society.” Benjamin Franklin agreed: “Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.”1 We are not a virtuous people and our essential pillars are not religion and morality. Our pillars appear to be a warped sense of tolerance and political correctness.
Who is in charge? From what I read in Scripture, God is Sovereign; not Donald Trump, nor Hillary Clinton. God.
Each election is not just the votes, but the will of God for that time. He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings. (Daniel 2:21) In Romans 13:1, we read, Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. What is the will of God for our time? I do not know. Our nation needs healing, reconciliation and mercy. But, without God, those are allusive dreams. In Psalm 146 we’re told, Put not your trust in princes, in a a son of man, in whom there is no salvation. When his breath departs, he returns to the earth; on that very day his plans perish.
Our nation needs healing, reconciliation and mercy. But, without God, those are allusive dreams.
Our hope is not in Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump and we, as a nation, will survive their tenure. No matter who they appoint to the Supreme Court, no matter what they do to the government, God is still in control. God is bigger than their plans, designs and schemes. Let’s not forget that. Let’s not be henny pennys.
1 Denison Forum