“Everything changes on November 3.”

I’ve heard that statement from a lot of well-meaning people, fear-driven conspiracy theorists, and people on both sides of the political spectrum. There will be plenty of changes and repercussions based on how America votes today, but that statement is not entirely true. Regardless of who wins, changes will come, but allow me to remind you of two huge things that do not change:

God’s sovereignty.

When John got a peek into heaven in Revelation, he wrote down what he saw. Among the many wonders he witnessed, he described a throne and one seated on the throne (Revelation 4:2). God is seated on the throne — not pacing, worried about a political outcome or a partisan problem. Since God isn’t worried, there’s certainly no need for us to be. No matter who is in the White House, our faith rests in the One on the throne. God is in full control. Always has been, always will be. The Bible even takes it so far as to say that those who are in positions of authority are God’s servants, placed there by Him (read Romans 13!).

Will you trust God’s sovereignty, even if you don’t like the outcome of the election?

Our responsibility.

God’s sovereignty does not negate man’s responsibility. They are not two opposing doctrines; they work hand-in-hand. Yes, God is sovereign, and yes, we are responsible for voting, praying, and being God-honoring dual citizens of heaven and earth. It’s not either/or, it’s both/and.

Vote Biblically. If you don’t know which political candidate you side with, do some research. If you need some help, visit isidewith.com to find out more. Vote for things that matter to God: the peace of Israel, the rights of the unborn, the God-honoring definition of marriage, and more. If you’re not sure where to vote, find out here.

Pray for our leaders. The Bible tells us to pray for our leaders and gives no exemption clause (1 Timothy 2:1-2). Whether you like them or not, pray for them. Pray for their salvation, for Godly voices in their lives, and for God to speak to them. Our country and our local and national leaders need our prayers more now than ever.