“Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities.” (Romans 13), So what does this mean? This verse has been so misunderstood that I may as well give my opinion. The commentary in my Bible says: Nero was ruler when Paul wrote those words, so we’re supposed to obey even if the government is evil. ” This is nonsense and stupid. Did they read the rest of the chapter.? “For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgement on themselves. FOR RULERS ARE NOT A TERROR TO GOOD WORKS BUT TO EVIL. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? DO WHAT IS GOOD AND YOU WILL HAVE PRAISE FROM THE SAME. FOR HE IS GOD’S MINISTER TO YOU FOR GOOD. But if you do evil, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain, FOR HE IS GOD’S MINISTER, AN AVENGER TO EXECUTE WRATH ON HIM WHO PRACTICES EVIL. Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience sake. (Romans 13: 1-5) These verses plainly say that any authority from God will reward good and punish evil. Was Nero an authority from God when he persecuted Christians? Was Hitler an authority from God when he murdered millions? Just because someone claims to be an authority does not make them one. GOD DOES NOT RECOGNIZE AN EVIL RULER AS BEING AN AUTHORITY. Read the book of “Acts” The apostles told the rulers of their day that they had to Obey God rather than men. We can only obey rulers as far as they rule for good, but when they become evil we cannot obey their example or any evil thing we are instructed to do. Satan sets up wicked rulers when and where ever he can. But God will eventually destroy them all. God does not recognize any authority except from Himself and God does not do or influence anyone to do evil. The book of ” James” says” “Every good and perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of Lights with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.” (James 1:17) We are in a spiritual war. It takes prayer and righteous people in agreement for God to set up righteous authority. If people turn to lawlessness they will get evil rulers, but don’t blame God for them. “We must obey God rather than men.” Someone said people get the government they deserve. This is true, but if enough people turn back to righteousness there is hope.