We do not what we know!

"We Do Not" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

“We Do Not” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward


Yes, I know he said “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do!” That addresses the problem of motivation and intention… that we can be doing something bad while intending to do something good.

But what about “Father, forgive them, for they do not what they know!”? This addresses the problem of knowing what we ought to do but don’t do it. Or that we shouldn’t do something and do.

However, I do think the deeper problem is the first one.

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2 Responses

  1. Adam Julians says:

    Actually it was the mocking of Jesus that he was addressing with those tainting him about saving others – now save yourself that he was saying “father forgive them” about. So they / we in that context are doing something bad, and getting pleasure from it – schadenfreude.

    I believe what you are talking about with a “deeper problem” is in being misguided to think we are doing good (or something neutral) but that we are doing bad, I agree, it is dangerous when it happens.

    So then that would suggest that there are times when we need an awareness that comes from outwith ourselves to be able to discern that what we are doing is bad.

    I am trying to think of an example. Hmmmm OK here’s one, In the UK here the word “fag” is slang for a cigarette. So, in the States when in a bar, and saying you are just going outside for a fag might offend some folks.

    Well, not exactly a life or death situation with that one but give me a break, it’s the firs thing that came into my head 😉

  2. Brigitte says:

    All I can think of when I look at that picture is Christians hunted and slaughtered in foreign lands. The UN has finally deigned to call it Genocide. We certainly are not doing enough, but I don’t really know what to do outside of giving some donations. One could sponsor some refugees, and we really ought to do that. That’s a big job, though, but the times may be calling for it… I had looked into it once…