Be a good citizen. All governments are under God. Insofar as there is peace and order, it's God's order. So live responsibly as a citizen.
If you're irresponsible to the state, then you're irresponsible with God, and God will hold you responsible.
Duly constituted authorities are only a threat if you're trying to get by with something. Decent citizens should have nothing to fear.
the government working to your advantage. But if you're breaking the rules right and left, watch out. The police aren't there just to be admired in their uniforms. God also has an interest in keeping order, and he uses them to do it.
That's why you must live responsibly - not just to avoid punishment but also because it's the right way to live.
That's also why you pay taxes - so that an orderly way of life can be maintained.
Fulfill your obligations as a citizen. Pay your taxes, pay your bills, respect your leaders.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)