Our English word 'Government' is derived from the Greek word 'Kubernesis', the act of steering. A 'kubernetes' was a steersman who guided the ship. Hence the figure was transferred to the 'Ship of State', whose government consists of its steersmen. Steersmen are required also for the local churches of Christ.
(1 Cor. 12. 28; 1 Tim. 5. 17)
"Don't you think the coal-mines ought to be controlled by the government?"
"I might if I didn't know who controlled the government."—Life.