Romans 13:1-7 NIV
1 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. 2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3 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. 4 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. 5 Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.
6 This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. 7 Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.
And I don't mean the typical "obey the law of the land unless it tells you to do something God forbids or to not do something God commands". There are people who argue a lot of the laws pushed by governments today have no authority to make or enforce, and that these are separate from ones we need to follow because they follow God's law and the ones that must be disobeyed for the reasons above. These people argue these "unauthorized" laws that "overreach the boundaries of legitimate government" should be followed or not based on our conscience. These supposedly range from general unfair and/or unjust laws, to stuff that supposedly shouldn't be controlled by government...just sounds like an excuse to get away with stuff they feel should be allowed or "would be allowed in an ideal society" to me, but I would still like to know if these arguments hold water or not. If someone could look into the Greek of this section it would be appreciated.