Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.
This is a difficult verse to live up to, especially for Americans.
The U.S. Constitution is written to give maximum freedom and rights to the citizens living under it.
So if a government official says, “We need to restrict church services to on-line or social distancing in cars in the parking lot,” many see this as a violation of the first amendment to the Constitution and the Freedom of Religion.
Please remember Paul wrote this during the reign of the Roman Empire under the absolute rule of a Caesar, who thought himself a god.
It doesn’t get much more authoritarian than that.
Church wasn’t a basic right.
Freedom of religion wasn’t a law and for Paul to say be subject to the governing authorities takes a totally different meaning.
No one is in power except by the appointment of God – another hard pill to swallow.
Yet, you should consider the ruler of Babylon – now I will hand all your countries over to my servant Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon; I will make even the wild animals subject to him. Jer 27:6
Even the world ruler before the return of Christ is ordained of God.
Yet, God has overruled that ruler and told mankind to live for Him instead, to not bow down to the ruler, or take his mark.
That’s all God has ever wanted us to do- serve Him for those that rule over us.