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Jonas and Piper have both suggested good ways forward. Below are a few additional thoughts.
- This is a good question, and a reason that history class can be so powerful in shaping children’s interpretation of the world around them. Maybe you should pray for many questions like this one. When they come, I suggest asking that student or others in the class what they think before you answer. You may be surprised by their wisdom and insight.
- After you answer the question with humility acknowledging some of the complexity, summarize the truth clearly. Tell them something like “It is wrong for Christians to kill other people.” You do want them to hear you speaking with clarity.