The Christian and Civil Government
Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. 1 Peter 2:13-14 NIV
Submit to national and local officials. This is a hard pill to swallow when one is being persecuted and has lost much because of the persecution. But note: the word submit is an imperative; it is a strong command. God expects believers to submit themselves to the laws of government.
Without law and the keeping of the law, there can be no society and no community, no life together, no bond to tie people together. Law, rulers, and their authority are an utter necessity to keep people from becoming wild beasts in a jungle of unrestrained selfishness and lawlessness.
Chaos is not God's will for the world; law and order are God's will. God's will is that we would live in a world of love, joy, and peace- a world of perfect law and order. God has ordained that the family exist as the means by which family members share together, and that the office of parents rule within the family.
God has ordained that the church exist as the means by which people share with God, and that the office of church leaders exercise authority within the church.
God has ordained that the government exist as the means by which citizens relate to each other, and that the office of government officials exercise authority within the state.
Civil authorities execute justice for God. They rule to execute punishment for evil-doers and to reward those who do well and work good throughout the state. Rulers are not ordained by God to be a restraint upon good works, but upon evil. Civil authorities and laws exist to restrain evil; therefore, any believer who breaks the law can expect to be punished by the state.