This is the clearest and most controversial passage in the New Testament regarding a Christian’s duty to earthly government. Even though we are aliens and strangers who are just passing through this fallen world on the way to our heavenly kingdom, the Bible teaches that we still have a responsibility to be loyal, obedient, respectful, law-abiding citizens here on earth. We must keep in mind that all governments are led by flawed, sinful people who may abuse their authority and rule harshly and unfairly and say and do the wrong thing. As such, all human government will be marked by some degree of corruption and injustice but that does not give us the right to rebel against it and seek to overthrow it. In vv. 1-7, Paul laid out THREE ASPECTS of our duty as Christians to honor and obey the governing authorities God has sovereignly placed over us; even when they fail.