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I am not sure that I have a perfect, grades 1 & 2 appropriate answer to this question. But I can offer two ideas, similar to what Jonas shared, that shape the way I think about issues like this.
First, people who are not Christians, but who want to live with integrity and moral uprightness, will choose to follow Biblical principles in many areas of their lives. Sometimes this is a response to exposure to the Bible or to societies influenced by the Bible and Christianity, and sometimes it is a response to the “light that lightens every man.”
Second, our belief that Christ’s followers must not fight reflects what we know of Christ’s character. We know that Christ demonstrates and calls us to suffering love/non-resistance. Many sincere Christians do not see that Christ’s teaching and life mandate that his followers turn the other cheek, lay down their lives for others, and refuse to kill another person. This sad blindness does not only mean that they participate in war. It also means that they miss a pertinent and beautiful facet of Christ’s character – his tremendous, consistent love that sacrifices no matter the cost.
I find that recognizing this blindness on the part of fellow Christians calls me to humility. To what parts of Christ’s character am I blinded? What do I not see? I believe that it is from this posture of humility that we best answer student’s most difficult questions.
So on a grades 1 and 2 level, what might an answer look like? I think our answers should be satisfactory, truthful, and brief, and that we should avoid overburdening young students. I don’t think I would get involved in statements about whether George Washington was or was not a Christian. I think I might say something like: “It’s sad when people do not understand that Christ would not want them to kill other people, even in a war.”
I’d love to know how you responded.