I’ve thought about this a LOT. Law abiding citizens of which government? Corrie and her sister (who was actually the one who said the Jews were under the table, not Corrie) were citizens of their own country (Holland, wasn’t it?) But who were the Nazis? What right had they to murder Dutch citizens or guests? WHICH government were the Ten Booms obligated to obey? Which had precedence? Or take the United States during the revolution. The Tories were loyal citizens of King George, but the Revolutionaries were loyal citizens of the new republic (soon to be the USA). Is the USA a legitimate government, seeing it took over forcibly from the Brits? Or for that matter, was the British govt legit either, seeing they ousted the Native Americans? As for Peter and Paul, their government (of Israel/Judea) was overcome first by the Greeks, who were then overcome by the Romans. What’s more, the Hebrews overcame the Canaanites (albeit in God’s behest according to the text). Which government has the right to rule, and what about that time in the cusp–while one is overthrowing the other?
I don’t think Paul said what he said about obeying the authorities for the same reasons we typically think he said it. I think this was purely logistical. Obey the authorities; they don’t carry the sword in vain. IOW, don’t make unnecessary waves; that will NOT end well for either you or the Kingdom. Submit, because that way you have a better chance of living a long and peaceable life.