We can vote politicians in and out of office, but we cannot elect or remove God from the throne. Nor does God fret over opinion polls. The Almighty, the Holy One, is incomparable. No matter what party we align ourselves with on Election Day and beyond, whether the one symbolized by the donkey, the one symbolized by the elephant, or the “elephonkey” in the middle, God sees all of us as grasshoppers, as Isaiah 40 relates. It is important to vote our convictions, believing that our votes do matter, but may we be convinced that no matter what happens, God is still on the throne. That matters all the more.
To whom then will you liken God,or what likeness compare with him?An idol? —A workman casts it,and a goldsmith overlays it with gold,and casts for it silver chains.As a gift one chooses mulberry wood—wood that will not rot—then seeks out a skilled artisanto set up an image that will not topple.Have you not known? Have you not heard?Has it not been told you from the beginning?Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?It is he who sits above the circle of the earth,and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers;who stretches out the heavens like a curtain,and spreads them like a tent to live in;who brings princes to naught,and makes the rulers of the earth as nothing.Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown,scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth,when he blows upon them, and they wither,and the tempest carries them off like stubble.To whom then will you compare me,or who is my equal? says the Holy One.(Isaiah 40:18-25)
Truth forever on the scaffold, Wrong forever on the throne,—
Yet that scaffold sways the future, and, behind the dim unknown,
Standeth God within the shadow, keeping watch above his own.