Biblical Government & Authority
The Bible speaks to 4 types of government/authority.
In descending order based on the quantity of authority delegated by God:
Self-government: We are accountable for our own actions being right.
Family-government: Husbands/Fathers have specific authorities/responsibilities, as do Wives/Mothers and Children.
Church-government: Who should be deacons, elders, teachers, etc.
Civil-government: To protect individuals from theft (of life, liberty or property) at the hands of other individuals.
Civil-government has a natural tendency to encroach on the realms of the responsibilities of individuals, families & churches. This is the natural result of a depraved human nature that chooses to abandon responsibilities to categories that absorb the tasks in an effort to increase their perverse desire for power over others.