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In short, Christians have a duty to obey civil governments wherever they reside. (1 Pet 2:13-14)
Nevertheless, God commands that we must obey the civil government so long as obedience does not contradict with clearly established Scripture. Peter explains, “We must obey God rather than men”. (5:24) This is a clear affirmation of the principle that God requires people to disobey the civil government if obedience would mean directly disobeying God.
The civil government is to be God's servant for our good, Therefore the government exist for the good of the people. (Rom. 13.4) Sadly, in this fallen world, it feels like governments tends to exist for those who are in power such as a King, a Dictator or even an elected president.
The profit Samuel warned the people a national ruler (King, President, ect.) would abuse his power and take from the people, often without a choice. (Sam 8:11-17) Even today's governments often take the very best of everything, a substantial tax of whatever is earned within its borders.
The United States Constitution was founded on Samuel’s basic premise. The more unchecked power a government holds combined with a lack of public accountability the more government leaders are willing to take or control.
However, God has created all things, including governments of all various forms for good and as an extension of His will. Romans 13:1-7 outlines the role of government in the lives of God’s people.
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