Re:Verse reading–Romans 14 (day seven) “Wherefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience sake”–v 5.
Is government good? In principle? A necessary check on sinful tendencies in a fallen world? Important question. Our national anthem declares us, “the land of the free.” Do we still need laws and limits imposed and enforced on our individual choices? Yes, says the Scripture.
In Romans 13, Paul declares authority to be part of God’s plan and submission to it a part of every believer’s responsibility. We have dual motivation for doing so. Those who break the law face consequences. Those who believe the Bible submit for the sake of conscience. Christians are good citizens from both fear and faith.
Are there times when we oppose government authorities? Yes. When government overreaches and contradicts the law of God, believers are called to disobey.
In ordinary circumstances, however, a believer remembers that government is good.