I'm also a Bible-believing Christian. Other Christians sometimes wonder how I reconcile my political views with my Christian faith. The Bible does clearly teach that the state has been ordained by God (Romans 13:1-2). Moreover, God uses the state for a good purpose (Romans 13:3-4, 6). The question is: How can an institution ordained and used by God be inherently immoral?
It's simple. God ordains everything (Proverbs 16:33; 21:1; Isaiah 45:7; Matthew 5:45). He uses all things for good (Romans 8:28; Ephesians 1:11). The fact that God uses all things for good does not mean that those things are good in and of themselves. Take cancer, for example. No one would argue that cancer is a good thing. Yet, no one bats an eye when John Piper writes a booklet called Don't Waste Your Cancer. We have no problem understanding that God uses suffering and sickness for the sanctification of his saints. The state is no different. It is a cancer on society.
The state is evil. But it is an evil that fits perfectly into God's providential plan. It is an evil that God uses for the good of his people and the glory of his name. It is for this reason and not any sort of divine imprimatur that believers are called to submit to the state (and this submission, I should add, is qualified and limited).
Recommended Further Reading:
- New Testament Theology of the State, Part 1 | Libertarian Christian Institute
- New Testament Theology of the State, Part 2 | Libertarian Christian Institute
- Romans 13: A Reformed Libertarian Analysis | The Reformed Libertarian
- God Glorified in the Evils of Statism | The Reformed Libertarian
- Yes, We Should Call Out the State for Its Wrongs | The Reformed Libertarian