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As a Christian, do I have to agree with the government?

Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience. Romans 13:1-5
            You don’t have to agree with the government, but according to Paul, Christians do have to respect the government.  A Christian must look at a government leader and say to himself, “that person is in office because God put them into office.” 
            Christians should submit to the office, which is the authority the person in office holds.
            Now what about matters of abortion, civil rights or if you were a Christian in Nazi Germany?  Can Christians speak out and protest?  Yes, those are issues that biblically are wrong.  In that case it’s the issue, not the person that’s being protested.