A great case for the limitation of government in our lives is laid out by Alex De Tocqueville when he notes in "Democracy in America,"
"Governments have but two means of overcoming the opposition of the governed: namely, the physical force that is at their own disposal, and the moral force that they derive from the decisions of the courts of justice."
So the will of the government is imposed at the point of a gun. This might make one wonder why we would want to be governed by something that has to be imposed upon us? The Bible is a form of government, with the guidelines listed in the Ten Commandments. It's a suggestion as to how to live, imposed by the Creator and enforced by the threat of damnation in hell. No force or guns applied. Your free to break as many Commandments as you like as often as you deem necessary as long as your willing to face the eternal consequences.
It took a long time to get to this point. Some religions still rely upon force to impose their doctrine, and it's as ineffective as government. Imposing violence is hardly the way to convince people to live a virtuous life, this begins in your upbringing, and is reinforced by the association you keep. Teach the culture how to live as free men and women by accepting their moral responsibility, and there'll be no need for justice imposed at the point of a gun. The responsibility lies with us.