God established human government for the punishment of those who do wrong and to praise those who do right. Since all human government derives its authority from God, he commands believers to submit to these authorities. If you want to live your life free from fear, do what is right and you will be commended. We submit to government, not only to avoid being punished, but also because it is a matter of conscience. When conflict arises between God’s Word and what the state requires, then the believer must obey God and be willing to suffer the consequences.