I know that we are obliged to obey our civil authorities in all matters that do not contradict the moral or natural law. But how strictly should we follow that? I’m very scrupulous, so I try not to take such obedience too far. But what about more minor infractions like jaywalking and speeding? When I say speeding, by the way, I’m talking about maybe ten MPH over the speed limit or less–or perhaps a bit more on an open highway during the day in good weather. I’m just trying to find a rule of thumb to use when dealing with laws like this, especially speeding. It’s incredibly frustrating to be that guy going the speed limit when the rest of the road is cruising along. While “everybody else does it” does not justify breaking moral norms, perhaps it does justify breaking merely civil ones?
Thanks for your thoughts