Not only does Peter say we should obey every ordinance of man so that we can silence charges against us, he goes further in 2 Peter:
“But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.”
People who despise government are people who are not afraid to rip on government officials. This is a problem with God since every power is ordained of God.
A person who despises government (despise meaning to think little of) is despising God’s chosen vessels and is thus self-willed and presumptuous. You’re an arrogant man who is daring authority–government’s or God’s.
Ultimately, Peter describes people who despise government and speak badly of government officials as fleshly minded and unclean, which in Peter’s world means “unbeliever heathen scum.”
How frequently do we hear in Christian circles the despising of government officials? How frequently do I say and think these thoughts? How far we are from the Christian ideal.
People say “if you don’t vote you can’t criticize.” And by “criticize” we mean calling them “commi-pinko, flip-flopping, big government whores, etc.” This should better be said “If you’re a Christian you can’t despise them.”
American Christians have fallen off the wagon on this one. Most of us are downright unbiblical and acting like heathen scum who truly do have their hope in this world.
Being entangled with the affairs of this earth is akin to placing your treasure on earth, despising your eternal inheritance and treading under foot the King of Kings. Let us live peaceably with all men and pray for those in authority.