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What Does the Bible Say About..God and Government?

Recognizing that God is the ultimate leader for a Christian, does God frown on Government? Was it his desire or direction that a government such as in the USA be established?


Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour. (Romans 13:1-7)

Paul here says that God establishes governments, even some that we might call bad governments, for the benefit of the people under them. While some governments may actually be a terror to those who do good, as a rule God establishes governments to punish those who do wrong and allow those who donít do wrong to live as peaceably as possible.