You are being presented with some natural choices to make but the maths is not adding up. Don’t try to make 2 and 2 make 5. They don’t. They’re not going to.
Know the times when God is empowering you to take supernatural faith steps (and He will!) – those times when 1 + God chases 1,000 or 2 + God puts 10,000 to flight; but also know when it is time to accept the equation as it is. Be sensitive to the Spirit of God, allow His word to flavour everything. Be of good conscience – do right, do good, be without blame. Don’t live a life based on faulty arithmetic.
Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience. This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honour, then honour. Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law. …therefore love is the fulfilment of the law.