War: a 4-year-old’s perspective

Connor: Why are the people fighting on the other side of the world?

Me: It’s really complicated, but people fight wars for all kinds of silly reasons. Like who is bigger or better, or what God is like.

Connor: What do you mean people fight about what God is like?

Me: Well, it’s kind of like one group of people thinks God is pink and one group thinks God is purple. That’s not it exactly, but it is that silly really.

Connor: I think God wears red pants with a blue shirt!

Me: You can think God is like whatever you want to, sweetie. I kind of think of God as all of the love of everything in the world all at one place. That means that God lives inside you, too, where your love is.

Connor: Mommy, why do people fight about God? God wouldn’t want us to hurt each other.

Good question, kid. I wish I had an answer.


3 Responses to “War: a 4-year-old’s perspective”

  1. 1 Jessica October 24, 2007 at 9:43 am

    This is so true and sad. I consider myself a very religious person but also find it disturbing what lengths people will go to in order to push their beliefs onto others. Definitely not something I can see God endorsing.

  2. 2 kkblaze October 24, 2007 at 12:52 pm

    Ah, from the mouths of babes… What do you suppose it is about growing up that makes us lose sight of things like this that are so clear to us as children?

    Thanks for capturing/sharing that moment with us–it’s beautiful. 🙂

  3. 3 Karen October 24, 2007 at 3:19 pm

    right to the heart of the matter, mmm? It hurts, how wise our kids are.

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