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Romans 13 and Bad Government

 

Given the existence of so much corrupt power in the world, and during the reign of the cruel emperor Nero, how is it that Paul could write so favorably about government in Romans 13?

On the surface, the first seven verses of Romans 13 appear to give generic instructions on submitting to authorities because they are good, and God has set them up to be deterrents against those who do evil. Yet we all know that throughout history many governments have themselves been the main perpetrators of evil.
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