What is Civil Government?
God, the supreme Lord and King of all the world, has ordained civil authorities to be under Him and over the people, for His own glory and the public good. For this purpose He has armed them with the authority to use force, to defend and encourage those who do good, and to punish evil doers.
It is lawful for Christians to accept and carry out the duties of public office when called upon to so. In the performance of such office they are particularly responsible for maintaining justice and peace in accordance with the wholesome laws of the nation. For that purpose they may (in terms of the New Testament) lawfully engage in war if it is just and necessary.
As civil authorities are established by God for the purposes given, we ought to be subject to all their lawful commands for the Lord's sake, not merely to avoid punishment, but for conscience' sake. We ought also to make supplications and prayers for rulers and all who are in authority, that under them we may live a quiet and peaceful life in all godliness and honesty.