A good dose of fear of God is an essential spiritual condition to keep believers righteous.
Henceforth, this fear does not only apply to ordinary faithful but also to the powers that be.
We are living in a mutating age, old precepts of authority no longer stand. A spiritual disconnect between the ruling principalities and the people of the earth has taken place.
Eph 6:12, For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places].