Read: Romans 13:1-7
The Bible teaches us to submit to authority for the Lord’s sake. God has appointed rulers or authorities, whether good or bad that His purpose may be fulfilled. As a believer in Christ, we have to be willing to submit to authority even in the midst of persecution that God’s name be glorified. When Nero persecuted the Christians by throwing them in front of lions and wild beasts, Peter the apostle insisted the believers, “Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme, or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good (1 Peter 2:13). Jesus set an example by submitting to authority. He paid his taxes like any other Israelite to the Roman government. “Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honour to whom honour (Romans 13:7)”. Jesus did not start an uprising against the Roman rule. He insisted, “Bless those who persecuted you and pray for those who mistreat you (Luke 6:28).”
Paul the apostle wrote to Titus to remind his fellow believers to be subject to rulers, to authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good deed, to malign no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing every consideration for all men (Titus 3:1-2). Pride can be one reason why people feel the difficulty to subjecting to authority. The Bible says that God is opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble (James 4:6).
Pray for your rulers. If they are persecuting you, bless them. If they have done wrong towards you, don’t gossip behind their back or malign their name or create an uproar. Pray and ask God for wisdom to deal with difficult situations. God will fight your battles for you if any authority has mistreated you. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven (Matthew 5:16).