“Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you.”
God makes it clear here that we obey our leaders. A leader can be in many forms including: a teacher, a police officer, a boss at work, a coach at school, a parent, or any other adult who is giving you Godly counsel. Those leaders should be obeyed, and their instructions followed carefully. If those in authority over you are not Godly and are harming you in some way, then you need to tell a responsible adult.
“Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished. For the authorities do not strike fear in people who are doing right, but in those who are doing wrong. Would you like to live without fear of the authorities? Do what is right, and they will honor you.”
All authority comes from God, and all leaders have been placed there by God. Even though we may not agree with what the authority figure says or does, that does not always make it okay to disobey them. God has that person put in authority for a reason. Ask God for the gift of obedience.
“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.”