The time to tell a person that dogs can make great pets, are man’s best friend, and need not always be hated merely because the Bible regards them on the level of rats, is not while his face is being chewed off by a [insert name of hated breed here, I don't want to contribute to prejudice against Pit Bulls or Dobermans, etc].
So I’m really really unimpressed by Christian commentors who feel the need to assure us that anti-government sentiment is unwise and that we must learn the Bible provides a “role” for the civil government.
I think the Bible provide for rule by sheiks, ad hoc tribal leadership, kings, and emperors. I think that the Mediterranean can provide for much more prosperity if it is under the power of a single pirate army (Alexander the Great) rather than being infested with a dozen independent pirate crews.
But I don’t think that Christian missionaries were under any obligation to tell the Medieval Icelanders that they had to repent and establish a “state”–a tax-supported office with a monopoly on whatever one tends to stuff into the duties of a civil magistrate. The certainly prospered better under that system, than they have done recently under parliamentary democracy and it’s inevitable end, financially corrupt oligarchy.
Paul tells Christians to submit to the authorities. I know a missionary for whom this means he, within the bounds of conscience, must stay on good terms with the local crime lord. I’m sure there is more than one pastor in Chicago who must follow a similar strategy.
But he doesn’t say that Christians must find rationalizations for political systems that are nothing more than slow methods of mass suicide (just to revisit parliamentary democracy). As far as I’m concerned, a Christian man or woman is even free to run for office in such systems (insert shout out to Ron Paul here). Christians are free to judge their situations and decide, rightly or wrongly based on the accuracy of their knowledge of their situation, that a society might be better off if every Federal, State, and Local political office holder were suddenly Raptured.