A common direction given in both Testaments to believers under both Covenants is that they are not automatically exempt from earthly authority just because they recognize a Higher Authority. In fact, believers are supposed to recognize that there is divine direction behind every earthly appointment. This does not mean that rulers and governments automatically do everything in accordance with God’s Word and ways, only that God has stipulated that we are not automatically exempt or autonomous from them. We seem to have enough on our plate just in seeking to live in compliance with God’s Word when it comes to our neighbors, so it is daunting to consider one’s role with a government, which very much engenders or hinders the practice of our faith. Whereas there is the inherent unfairness in the world in general, there is the cyclical shortcomings of every form of human governance.