From Strength to Love, Chapter Four, "Love in Action":
Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them;
for they know not what they do.
Few words in the New Testament more clearly and solemnly
express the magnanimity of Jesus' spirit than that sublime
utterance from the cross, "Father, forgive them; for they
know not what they do." This is love at its best.
Often I recall what an elderly Jewish friend of mine said when she was in her 80s, "I don't have to be a Christian to be moved by the life and death of Jesus." It is occurring to me again, as I re-read Strength to Love by Martin Luther King, Jr., that I don't have to be a Christian to be moved by the love that Christianity clearly brings into the lives of people whose actions are an inspiration to me.
With gratitude to Martin Luther King, Jr. on what would have been his 87th birthday.