Scripture plainly commands us to obey the government and civil laws (Romans 13:1-2; 1Peter 2:13-14). But many revolutions headed by Christians (most notably the American revolution) seem to contradict this by stating that it is okay to disobey authority in the said circumstances. Isn’t this a clear conflict?
“No. But to resolve it requires understanding a major biblical purpose of government. The origin of government goes back to humanity’s first sin, when to keep rebellious Adam and Eve away from the Tree of Life, God stationed an angel with flaming sword at the entrance to the Garden; this was [the first cop]. Thereafter the Bible makes clear the government was established as God’s means for restraining man’s sin… Moses’ parents are cited approvingly for their decision to hide this child from Egyptian officials”. – Chuck Colson in Loving God
With this view then, if the government is infringing upon God’s laws it is appropriate to disobey the authority. However, when the government is not, it is inappropriate to do so. And, it is also inappropriate to not show respect to the authority in power as stated by Paul (I myself have, unfortunately, convicted of this). That is not mature revolution, it is immature revolution.