Question #1:  Do you want your government representatives to please God?

It’s a loaded question filled with implications. The answer may not be as clear-cut as we might think.  For some, the definition of “pleasing God” is really the same as “vote the way I like”.  Is that necessarily the true definition?  Maybe you haven’t thought about it in these terms, but this is definitely an interesting thing to consider.

A verse that guides our thinking on this question needs to be included in our answer, though.

Verse #1:  And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.  (Hebrews 11:6 ESV)

This is a huge statement.  The worldview that is shaped by this verse runs totally against our culture.  Think of it – any thought, attitude, intention or action done apart from faith is not pleasing to God.  The implication for believers is massive because we must constantly be aware of what drives who we are and what we do.  We know that it is very possible for a follower of Jesus to displease God.

But what does this verse say about unbelievers?  Even if they do something moral or right or just, are they pleasing God?  According to Hebrews 11:6, the answer is no.  All of mankind’s righteousness is the same as filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6).  Only a heart that has been given faith to believe, know and desire God and His ways can please Him.

So. . .

Question #2:  Since our governmental leaders must have faith to have the capacity to please God, what will cause that to come about?

Verse #2So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.  (Romans 10:17 ESV)

Pretty simple.

We are guided by this second verse to answer how leaders can come to faith in order to please God.  It’s not by outwardly observing religious activities.  It’s not by speaking, thinking or even voting in ways consistent with God’s Word.

It’s impossible for anyone to please God without faith, through which all who are saved can receive Christ in the first place.  Even the most outwardly moral and upright people will spend eternity apart from God if they live a life of faithlessness.

Which brings us to. . .

Question #3:  Since the church is God’s agent in this world to proclaim the Word of Christ, what are we doing to ensure leaders hear that Word so they can receive the gift of faith in order to please God?