You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’is answerable to the court, but anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell (Matthew 5:21-22).
I was doing so well, too.
I mean, I can honestly say that I’ve never murdered anyone. And as for saying Raca, well, I’m not even entirely sure how to pronounce it.
But now, it seems, that’s not good enough.
Frankly, Beloved, it never was.