"Let every person be loyally subject to the governing (civil) authorities. For there is no authority except from God [by His permission, His sanction], and those that exist do so by God’s appointment. Therefore he who resists sets himself up against the authorities resists what God has appointed arranged [in divine order]. And those who resist will bring down judgment upon themselves [receiving the penalty due them]." Romans 13:1-2
When we read these verses, we are reminded just WHO ordained and sanctioned our governing authorities. God did. We are to obey our government officials. If we resist them, we are resisting God--and bringing judgment on ourselves! Remember this was written when the disciples were under Roman rule. The Romans...who killed Christians for sport. God has appointed our government leaders today, too. He's not wringing His hands over those in authority all over our world. He's put them there...for His purposes.
Saying, We definitely commanded strictly charged you not to teach in about this Name (Jesus); yet here you have flooded Jerusalem with your doctrine and you intend to bring this Man’s blood upon us. Then Peter and the apostles replied, We must obey God rather than men." Acts 5:27-29
The important factor we have to keep in mind is that God is over our government. Not just ours, but each government in the world! He is the highest and ultimate authority. He's told us to obey our government, but there does come a time when we must obey God rather than men...or government officials. There are people all over the world living under godless governments who have to make the same decision Peter and the apostles did. When told they could not talk about Jesus, they had to obey God. God trumps government.