“Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work.”
However, we must remember Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and their refusal to worship the gold image of Nebuchadnezzar. They were willing to go to the grave in obedience to God against the government authorities; we need to be like them. In the same chapter, Titus 3:9-11, Paul writes:
“But avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless. As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him, knowing that such a person is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned.”
When it’s the government stirring up division, we should remember Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and follow the lead of the Holy Spirit, separating ourselves from government tyranny yet staying together as one in our community of Christ-followers. Stay strong, we are at war, and with any conflict, there will be casualties, so stay armored up.