According to Jesus, contempt is a greater evil than anger and so is deserving of greater condemnation. Unlike innocent anger, at least, it is a kind of studied degradation of another, and it also is more pervasive in life than anger. It is never justifiable or good. Therefore Jesus tells us, “Whoever says ‘Raca’ to his brother shall stand condemned before the Sanhedrin, the highest court of the land.”Dallas Willard, quoted in Plough
This seems especially difficult in today’s world, when so much of the messaging around us seems to actively encourage contempt.
Although maybe not more difficult than in times past, really?