Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: as free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.” 1 Peter 2:13-17 (KJV)
No one likes the word “Submit”, however the Christian is given decree, commandment by the apostle Peter, and Paul (Romans 13:1-5) to submit and be subjected to the “Ordinance of man”. We may not like it, and we will also see that that command is when the king, or governor is doing righteously, for good, and not for evil.
The Christian is free from sins guilt, condemnation, and free to be obedient to the LORD. In the LORD we are not to use our freedom for evil purposes, or as Peter puts it “For a cloke of maliciousness”; or a cover to do evil.
Peter ends the statement with “Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king”. And that is the direction we are to take. We are to love the brethren, and honor the king; however we are to “Fear God”; not the king, or any form of government.