The mainstream liberal networks may be able to ignore most news which glorifies the name of Jesus or speaks about Christianity in a positive light, but CNN was not able to edit out the forgiveness of Steve Stephens a.k.a "Facebook Killer" from Cleveland, Live on national television. The children of Robert Godwin Sr., murdered by Stephens in cold bold forgave him and even talked about their upbringing being taught to love and obey God saying, "Forgive them for they know not what they do".
Beloved father and grandfather Robert Godwin Sr. was senselessly murdered over the Easter weekend after a deranged man, who would later broadcast his actions to the internet, announced he was looking to randomly kill someone. Three of his children gave an interview to CNN last night and they left Anderson Cooper speechless. Tonya Godwin Baines explained to Cooper what their dad taught them about faith:
“The thing I would take away most from my father is he taught us about God, how to fear God, how to love God and how to forgive. Each one of us forgive the killer, the murderer, we want to wrap our arms around him.”
“You do?” Cooper interjected, appearing to be a bit taken aback by the sentiment. Tonya’s sister continued:
“We absolutely do. I honestly can say right now I hold no animosity towards this man because I know that he’s a sick individual… I promise you I could not do that (forgive) if I didn’t know God, if I didn’t know him as my God and my Savior. I could not forgive that man. And I feel no animosity against him at all. I actually feel sadness in my heart for this man.”
Tonya then turned away from their own grief and talked about the other family involved, the killer’s family, and lamented the loss they will be going through.
“We lost our dad but this mother lost her son, his children lost their dad–”
Cooper : “That’s incredible that you’re thinking about them, even in your time our grief,” he said.
Tonya continued to reveal more of the Christian upbringing,
“It’s just what our parents taught us. It wasn’t that they just taught it, they didn’t just talk it, they lived it. People would do things to us and we would say ‘Dad, are you really going to forgive them, really?’ and he would say ‘yes, we have to.’ My dad would be really proud of us, and he would want this from us. He would say, Tonya, forgive them, because they know not what they do.”
This was the point when directors cut the camera to Anderson Cooper and the interview would quickly come to an end. Of course it could have gone deeper into the meaning of forgiveness as exemplified by and through Jesus, but that would be TRUNEWS!
Cooper's ending comment: ‘I wish I was a Godwin right now. Because you all represent your dad well.”
Jesus is forgiveness and in the midst of tragedy in these dark days, the light of those who serve Him will shine brighter than ever. Prayers for the Godwin family especially the younger children left without their dad, is crucial. You can watch video clip below:
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