Romans 13:1-2 and the American Revolution

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.
Romans 13:1-2

Occasionally, over on my Facebook page (come join us!), I’ll post a question for discussion to help us think theologically and apply Scripture to various issues. This was a recent discussion question:

Was the American Revolution a violation of Romans 13:1-2? (Keep in mind Paul wrote this in Rome under the rule of Nero, who mercilessly persecuted Christians- much worse than anything the colonists experienced.) Should the American colonists have simply submitted to King George?

Imagine you’re a pastor in the early to mid-1770s. Many of the political and planning meetings for the Revolution took place in churches. Do you, as a pastor, allow such meetings to take place in your church, considering that the the Revolution might be a violation of Scripture?

Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section (The usual comment parameters apply.), and catch up with the comments on Facebook here.