If one more person quotes Romans 13:1-6 to prove that Christians should blindly submit to authority, I’m going to cry.
When you quote this verse, you are quoting a man who stood up against authorities over and over again. He spent at least 5 years of his ministry in prison for deliberately breaking laws that were in conflict with the kingdom of God.
Authorities said of the Apostle Paul, “These men are Jews, and are throwing our city into an uproar by advocating customs unlawful for us Romans to accept or practice.” (Acts 16:19-21)
In another episode authorities said, “We have, in fact, found this man a pestilent fellow, an agitator among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes. He even tried to profane the temple, and so we seized him.” (Acts 24:2-8)
This hardly sounds like blind submission to authority. Paul’s allegiance was to God alone. Romans 13 is about just governments with just laws. If the government stood against God, he did not hesitate to peacefully stand against it. When Paul broke unjust laws, he submitted to authorities by peacefully accepting arrest, eventually peacefully accepting execution.
Context matters. Quoting Paul without looking at his actions is dangerous. Being Christian does not mean blindly submitting to authority, being Christian means submitting to Christ alone. When Christ and government disagree, choose Christ.