Bible: The purpose of the civil magistrate–the higher power–is to do judgment and justice.

1 Kings 10:9

Blessed be the Lord thy God, which delighted in thee, to set thee on the throne of Israel: because the Lord loved Israel for ever, therefore made he thee king, to do judgment and justice.

The purpose of the civil magistrate–the higher power–is to do judgment and justice.

Romans 13:3

For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:

For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.

So, the government  is not to be a terror but do good works to the people, except for those who are evil.  

Proverbs 28:16

16 The prince that wanteth understanding is also a great oppressor: but he that hateth covetousness shall prolong his days.

Proverbs 30:2-3

Surely I am more brutish than any man, and have not the understanding of a man.

I neither learned wisdom, nor have the knowledge of the holy.

Psalm 58:1

58 Do ye indeed speak righteousness, O congregation? [higher power] do ye judge uprightly, O ye sons of men?

Psalm 35:19-20

19 Let not them that are mine enemies wrongfully rejoice over me: neither let them wink with the eye that hate me without a cause.

20 For they speak not peace: but they devise deceitful matters against them that are quiet in the land.

Romans 2

But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things.