to any god or government...
The only god my mind belongs to is the Triune God who has revealed Himself to us in creation, His inscripturated word, and His only begotten Son's Person and work. I unequivocally reject any other gods or government including but not limited to the god of self; the god of statism; the god of selfish hedonism, etc.
When stuff happens Mrs. Metal Dad says everything happens for a reason even if we never know the reason, in this life or eternity, and we should ask ourselves what God wants us to learn from the situation. My initial feeling is that there is no reason, that it's all random, absurd, and meaningless and it's up to us to find meaning in it.
I know she is right and my feelings need to be brought in line with what I know is true. She has encouraged me in this time of change to figure out what I need to learn.
And by the way, Happy Thanksgiving