Widow Of Benghazi Teacher Ronnie Smith Says To His Islamic Killers: "I Forgive You, I Love You"


Ronnie Smith, 33, was shot to death by Islamists in Libya as he was jogging early on December 5th. The chemistry teacher from Austin, TX had been a part of the International School Benghazi for over a year when he was mercilessly gunned down by Islamists. The mainstream media has failed to report the fact that Ronnie Smith’s assailants were Islamists and that he was killed for his Christian faith. His widow, Anita Smith, spoke to CNN about the ordeal. Ronnie Smith died almost three weeks ago. Instead of hating the vicious, cruel Islamists who killed her husband, she says she “forgives them.” This is the power of Christianity, the reason Smith was killed. But it is only through the power of Christ that forgiveness can be found in the face of death.

The media will never say that Ronnie Smith was targeted because of his Christian faith and especially for sharing it in a Islamic country; Benghazi, Libya, where four brave Americans lost their lives on September 11, 2012. But this is the truth. In spite of his untimely and brutal death, his wife is not bitter.

Ronnie Smith, 33, was a chemistry teacher from Austin, Texas, who was working for more than a year in the International School Benghazi when four unidentified assailants in a black Jeep fatally shot him December 5.

“I just envision the black Jeep driving up to him and I don’t know their faces. I just want them to know that God loves them and can forgive them for this,” Anita Smith tells CNN’s Anderson Cooper in an interview.

This would have to be the most difficult thing to say in an interview, especially for a young widow. Ronnie Smith was doing what he was called to do; being a light in a dark world for Jesus Christ. He had gone to Libya because he wanted to help. Anita Smith could be embittered about this, but she is isn’t. Knowing how Ronnie was killed and who did it would make most people enraged. He was targeted by Islamists because of his Christian faith. But she’s not angry.

“I don’t know them. That’s how I honestly feel. It may sound crazy. It’s God’s spirit that’s putting this inside me,” she added.

Smith said she didn’t feel any anger or want any revenge against the killers of her husband.

“I just really want them to know that I do love them and I forgive them, and Ronnie would want this, and I hope and pray that our son, Hosea, would believe this,” she said.

“Yeah, they took away my husband. I loved my husband. But it’s got to be God’s spirit that’s pushing me to show them that this is what God wants them to see,” she said.

Anita Smith

This strength that it would take to publicly state you forgive your husband’s Islamic attackers would have to be incredible. But it couldn’t be summoned through her strength alone. Only Christ can provide this strength, the power to truly forgive. Only faith in Jesus Christ can allow someone to know and fully understand the idea that life is temporal, that Ronnie Smith is alive right now in Heaven with his Savior. This is faith. This is power.

The enemy is strong and gaining in numbers. Undoubtedly, Smith was slain for his faith, but the power of the gospel message transcends death.

Most Western media and analysts dismiss the killing as a random act of violence incited by a recent al-Qaeda video.

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However, by connecting the dots and looking at precedence, it appears that Smith’s Christianity, specifically his talking about it among Muslims, was the motive behind the slaying.

Anita Smith would have to be more than aware of this fact, that this was not a random act of violence. She would have to know that in an Islamic country like Libya, Ronnie Smith would become an instant target by Islamists out to murder Christians. However, in choosing to not hate her husband’s attackers, she is doing something that all Christians must do. Jesus Christ died for sinners, so that those who believe might have eternal life.

When Jesus was hanging from the cross and being spit on and tortured, he said, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.”

“I hear people speaking with hate, anger and blame over Ronnie’s death, but that’s not what Ronnie would want,” Smith wrote of her husband. “I want all of you — all of the people of Libya — to know I am praying for the peace and prosperity of Libya. May Ronnie’s blood, shed on Libyan soil, encourage peace and reconciliation between the Libyan people and God.”

The only way to the Father is through Jesus Christ. Anita Smith is showing that the power of faith and the blood of Jesus Christ transcends death.

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