“Fundamentally, depending on the relationship, we are all called to respect and follow those whom the Lord has placed in positions of leadership over us. For example, in speaking to believers about their relationship to civil government, even the ruthless Roman government, Paul writes, “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God” (Rom. 13:1). This recognizes that civil government, as imperfect as it can be, is designed by God to provide order and protection for our daily lives” (Timothy Z. Witmer, The Shepherd Leader At Home, 68).