God may allow governments to be in power to punish the wicked and protect its citizens (Romans 13). But he also reserves the right to overthrow them should they repeatedly refuse his wishes and he allows people the free will to choose their leaders (1 Samuel 8). Although many around the world have claimed they wish to keep God out of the government, that’s really impossible (Jeremiah 18:7-10). That can be a comforting thing when you consider that rulers can oppress the innocent. God may be their only hope. Consider these words in Psalm 94:

O Lord God, to whom vengeance belongeth; O God, to whom vengeance belongeth, shew thyself.

Lift up thyself, thou judge of the earth: render a reward to the proud.

Lord, how long shall the wicked, how long shall the wicked triumph?

How long shall they utter and speak hard things? and all the workers of iniquity boast themselves? …

20 Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a law?

21 They gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous, and condemn the innocent blood.

22 But the Lord is my defence; and my God is the rock of my refuge.

23 And he shall bring upon them their own iniquity, and shall cut them off in their own wickedness; yea, the Lord our God shall cut them off.

Yes, the psalmist acknowledged in v. 20 that governments can legalize mischief–ungodly things. In v. 21, he also acknowledges they can form conspiracies (gather together) against the righteous. It’s a blessing to know that God can step in when necessary to turn the tables against the wicked in power when his people are at the end of their ropes with persecution. An example of this in postmodern history is the late Nicolae Ceasescu of Romania.

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