1 Peter 2:13-14 “Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.”

Government is, “the exercise of authority: direction and restraint exercised over the actions of men in communities, societies, or states, [it is] the system of polity in a state; that form of fundamental rules and principles by which a nation or state is governed, or by which individual members of a body politic are to regulate their social actions.” God’s plan was for us to be ruled by Him as was Adam and Eve in the Garden and the nation of Israel until they desired to be led by a king and the beginning of Saul’s reign in 1095 B.C. Because of sin, God needed to create a system of order and instituted human government.

We are responsible to obey those authorities that God ordained and has placed over us. (Romans 13:1) Our government has organized a process of voting for those who are to be in power. We have a responsibility as Christians to exercise our right to vote so that God’s way can be voiced by means of how we vote. Regardless of whether our choice is elected, however, we must obey the authority that is placed in power. We are to be subject unto the higher powers and submit yourselves to every ordinance of man. (Romans 13:1; I Peter 2:13) Those in authority are called God’s ministers and are placed there for order and judgment. (Romans 13:1-7; I Peter 2:14) God also commands us to pray for our leaders; we cannot expect to live a quiet and peaceable life if we do not. (I Timothy 2:1-2)

An excerpt from Defending The Faith Through Counseling  by Nelson T. Newman