It is important that all of us submit to the authorities who have charge over us because God establishes all authority in heaven and on the earth.
2 Therefore, a person who rebels against authority rebels against the order He established, and people like that can expect to face certain judgment (Romans 13:1-2, TVB).
At the time, Christians are a tiny minority within Judaism, a minor religion in the largest empire the world has ever seen. Minorities are often the subjects of rumors, suspicions, and innuendos.
Christians don’t need to add to the problem by developing a reputation as lawbreakers and rebels.
So Kingdom citizens are not to dodge taxes or cheat on fees imposed by legitimate governing authorities. They are to show the proper respect for officials in power.
Ultimately those who follow the truth of the gospel under the banner of the Anointed One may find themselves at odds with the powers that be.
But Paul’s counsel here is not a blanket approval of any and every government that may arise in a broken world.
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