From Tim Keller:
One of the signs that an object is functioning as an idol is that fear becomes one of the chief characteristics of life. When we center our lives on the idol, we become dependent on it. If our counterfeit god is threatened in any way, our response is complete panic. We do not say, ‘What a shame, how difficult,’ but rather ‘This is the end! There’s no hope!’
If you felt jubilation or despair on election day you may have a political idol. Take a long look at your emotions, fears, and hopes over the last month. Take a look at what you were drawn to read and the conversations you initiated. Read through Proverbs 16 and ask yourself how committed you are to believing its truths including:
Proverbs 16:4 The Lord has made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of trouble.
Proverbs: 16:33 The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord.
Too often we overrate the influence of politicians for good or evil. A better use of your time than voting is to learn how to impact your local context. A high impact activity is to speaking truth into the life of those whom we’ve earned a platform of credibility. This may include encouraging, comforting, or even correcting family, friends, or co-workers. If you can’t really think anyone that you have earned a platform of credibility then working on that is probably more useful than hand-wringing over elections.