“Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.” Romans 13:1-2
Man, this is a tough one. I confess, at times I am comfortable with these verses, and at times I struggle with them. I also find when it comes to this topic, anger is always present in some form.
If you are like I, you probably assume that just about all government is corrupt in some way, some more than others, so when you vote, you are forced to vote for the one you beleive is the lesser of two evils. Unfortunately with this view, it can be a real struggle to trust the governing authorities, much less submit to or even respect them.
As I write this, I realize that I am not going to be able to unpack this in two minutes, so I will resolve to say that we need to pray for our governing authorities whether we agree with them or not. It can be easy to get caught up in a heated discussion with someone concerning the government, but I find when I pray for those who I disagree with, it takes the fuel out of the fire that it usually causes.
Spend a minute praying for those who are governing over you, both the ones you agree with or at least tolerate and those who you don’t agree with. Maybe you need to spend some time confessing some anger in this area. Jesus was no stranger to oppressive governing authorites, and He seemed to navigate them pretty well. Maybe you should ask Him to help you with His perspective in this area.